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Inglewood Officer Killed in Crash in Diamond Bar

June 25, 2003|From a Times Staff Writer

Inglewood Police Officer John Frederick Lee Small, a former National Football League player, was killed in a three-vehicle accident on the Pomona Freeway in Diamond Bar late Monday, authorities said.

California Highway Patrol officers said a car driven by a 16-year-old girl veered into a utility truck to her right after drifting onto the shoulder of the roadway, sending both vehicles skidding across all five eastbound lanes of the freeway and hitting Small, who was riding his police motorcycle.

Small, 39, was taken to Pomona Valley Hospital, where he died of his injuries, authorities said. No one else was seriously hurt in the crash.

Small, a five-year veteran of the Inglewood Police Department, played football for the University of Washington and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday July 08, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 2 inches; 74 words Type of Material: Correction
Accident -- A June 25 article in the California section about an accident that killed an off-duty Inglewood motorcycle officer incorrectly described some of the conditions that led to the accident. Two vehicles, one a utility truck and the other a passenger vehicle driven by a 16-year-old, skidded across the Pomona Freeway into the path of the motorcycle officer. The California Highway Patrol has not yet determined who was at fault in the accident.

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