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A motorcycle officer with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has been struck and killed. Authorities say 43-year-old Lawrence Canfield was a 13-year veteran. He had been assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department, which contracts with the sheriff's department.
Sgt. Tim Curran, a spokesman with the sheriff's department, says the deputy was struck by a 79-year-old driver shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday. The driver was detained, and the crash remains under investigation.

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Calif. officer killed in motorcycle crash

By Kim Minugh
Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Lawrence Canfield, a 43-year-old Sacramento County sheriff's deputy, has died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident today in Rancho Cordova, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff Department.
Canfield was pronounced dead at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, where he was taken after the accident, which occurred shortly before 2 p.m.
Canfield, who has been assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department's motorcycle unit for four years, was a 13-year veteran with the sheriff's department, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran.
The accident occurred near Coloma Road and Sierra Madre Court.
The deputy was eastbound on Coloma when he was hit. It is unknown what he was doing when the accident occurred and what caused the accident, Curran said.
The 79-year-old man driving the vehicle that hit the deputy has been detained. The driver stopped to provide aid to the injured deputy, Curran said.
Curran said the deputy is married and has two children.
In the past, residents along Coloma Road have complained about the traffic and asked for stronger enforcement, but it is unknown if the deputy's call was because of those issues.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to our officers and their families," said Chief Reuben Meeks of the Rancho Cordova Police Department.

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California Motorcycle Officer Killed in Crash

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

Deputy Lawrence Canfield


A motorcycle officer described as an outgoing,
smiley guy died on Nov. 12 after he was hit along
a Rancho Cordova road.


The 79-year-old driver who hit the officer was detained but there does not appear there was criminal intention involved, and the driver tried to help the deputy, according to Sheriff John McGinness.

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A motorcycle officer described as an outgoing, smiley guy died Wednesday after he was hit along a Rancho Cordova road.
Sacramento County Deputy Lawrence Canfield, 43, was taken to Mercy San Juan Hospital after he was hit at Sierra Madre Court and Coloma Road at about 1:55 p.m.
The 79-year-old driver who hit the officer was detained. At a news conference later in the day, Sheriff John McGinness said it appears Canfield was trying to stop a speeder when another driver made a left turn in front of him.
McGinness told KCRA 3 that it does not appear there was criminal intention involved, and that the driver tried to help Canfield.
The sheriff described Canfield, a 13-year veteran of the department, as "a very, very outgoing, personable, happy sort of guy."
"He absolutely loved what he did," McGinness said. "We know this job is not without its risks."
Canfield, who served in the U.S. Army, had been assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department since 2004.
He leaves behind his wife and two children, both of whom are under 10 years old.
"It goes like waves through the department, and I'll tell you, through the whole law enforcement community," McGinness said of the deputy's death.
A witness called 911 and reported that an officer had been hit. Sgt. Tim Curran said that several motorists stopped to aid the officer until emergency officials arrived at the scene.
About three years ago, a similar wreck involving a Sacramento County officer happened just 50 feet from Wednesday's crash scene.
In that crash, Deputy William Woodel was seriously injured when a driver collided with him on Coloma Road.
Like Canfield, Woodel was a sheriff's deputy working as a Rancho Cordova motorcycle officer. He spent two months recovering in the hospital.
According to the sheriff, there was a period of time when a significant number of motor vehicle-pedestrian fatalities occurred on the road.
McGinness said it "probably would make sense to have an engineering study done on that stretch of roadway."

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