Pursuing officer hits big-rig, dies

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Article Date: 6/12/2010 | Resource: MLG

Pursuing officer hits big-rig, dies

Governor lauds CHP officer killed in Redlands
The governor and his wife have expressed sympathy for the family of California Highway Patrol Officer Thomas Coleman who was killed this morning during a pursuit in Redlands.

“He was an outstanding officer who demonstrated his dedication and selflessness through his hard work in the line of duty,” Gov. Arnold Schwazenegger said in a written statement. “On behalf of all Californians, Maria and I extend our deepest sympathies to Thomas’ family and loved ones.”

The 33-year-old Fontana resident’s CHP motorcycle collided with a big-rig about 6:30 a.m. at Alabama Street and San Bernardino Avenue. Coleman was chasing a car whose driver had committed a traffic violation, CHP officials say.

In honor of the officer, flags at the state Capitol will fly at half staff.

Coleman is survived by his wife, Jamie Jean Coleman, 2-year-old son Ryan, 11-month hold daughter Shaylen, mother Janice Womack and sister Kathleen Pool.

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Jeffrey Marquart