12/29/2003

CHP Officer Dies as SUV Hits Patrol Car

Officer Down: CHP Officer Paul Pino - [Lone Pine, California]

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A California Highway Patrol officer was killed Tuesday when a driver crashed her sport utility vehicle into his parked patrol car, authorities said.

Officer Paul Pino, 49, died en route to the hospital.

Pino, a 23-year veteran, had stopped a truck shortly before 8:30 a.m. along U.S. 395. He was in his car writing a citation when Carley Crystal, 20, of San Diego veered onto the shoulder and struck his car, the CHP said.

Crystal was booked on suspicion of manslaughter and drunk driving.

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