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Off-duty San Diego Police Officer Killed While Helping Fatally Injured Driver on I-15

Posted on October 6, 2011

An off-duty San Diego police offer was killed early Saturday morning when he ran to help the driver of a stalled car he had rear-ended on Interstate 15.  Officer Jason Prokop had been driving on the southbound freeway around 3:05 a.m. on October 1, 2011 when he struck a Honda that wasn’t moving in the no. 2 lane, a little south of Mira Mesa Boulevard. Only moments later, another vehicle also struck the Honda, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Art Athans, as reported by CBS 8. Two additional vehicles then crashed, which caused minor injuries to the drivers.

34-year-old Prokop, a 5-year police veteran, exited his car and dashed across 2 freeway lanes to the Honda that he had hit. He was hit and killed by an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who was driving a Toyota, CBS 8 reports.

The 21-year-old woman who had been driving the Honda also died. She was Elvia Ruby Gomez, who, her family said, moved to Escondido and wanted to be a doctor. California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. As of the news story, it wasn’t clear why the Honda had stopped on the freeway. All of the people involved in the accident had been wearing seatbelts.

Jason Prokop is the sixth San Diego police officer to die in the past year, the San Diego Police Officers Association says. Prokop lived with his young family in Arizona, and commuted to San Diego. Fellow officers had only kind words to say about him.

The six-vehicle pile-up delivered tragic loss to those who knew the victims. We hold them in our thoughts in their time of sorrow.

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