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SANTA CLARITA, CA. A sheriff's deputy who was hit by a car four years ago, and who lay comatose for four years, has died, and funeral services are pending Saturday.

Randy Hamson, a five-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, died Friday in a longterm care hospital in Pomona.

The deputy was investigating a traffic accident on a poorly-lit stretch of Sierra Highway on Aug. 16, 2004, when he saw a car passing by with its headlights turned off, the Daily News reported.

When he stepped onto the road to get the driver's attention with his flashlight, a second car hit him. The driver did not see the deputy in time to stop, according to the Sheriff's Department, and was not charged.

A blown-up photograph of Hamson, signed by his fellow deputies, was posted on a wall at the sheriff's Santa Clarita station's locker room.

According to the Daily News, many deputies had been praying for Hamson to recover as he remained in Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona.

Hamson joined the department as a jail deputy in 1999 and began patrolling Santa Clarita in 2003.

The Daily News reported that he will be buried with full police honors, though no date has been set. Hamson is survived by a wife and three children.
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