Three people’s lives came together in Corona today and in the time it took me to write this sentence, they were forever changed.
And one can only wonder, why?
Traffic was moving along this morning on the 91-West in Corona as Shaun Jarvis rode his Harley down the carpool lane. The 30-year-old police officer had the day off and was reportedly on the way to a motorcycle shop to have his police helmet fixed.
But he never made it.
Just west of Main, according to CHP officers, a driver in a silver car changed lanes into the HOV lane and hit him. Jarvis was sent flying off his bike, over the median and into oncoming traffic.
Enter driver number 3 who, according to the CHP, just happened to be driving by in the eastbound carpool lane and hit Jarvis.
And just like that, three lives came together in a way no one could ever have foreseen.
Traffic stopped. People jumped out of their cars and rushed to help but there was nothing anyone could do.
The married father of three didn’t stand a chance.
Someone on the freeway began picking up his belongs and that’s when they saw it, the shiny reflection of his “flat badge” identifying him as a San Bernardino Police Officer.
I’m told the two drivers were inconsolable over what happened. So much so, first responders on the scene, the Corona Fire Department, called in their Clergy to offer some immediate on-the-spot grief counseling.
Someone brought a flag – a California State flag and draped it over his body. It was a somber scene.
Jarvis had been with the SBPD for almost eight years but had just transferred into the Motor unit. On March 22nd, on his Facebook page he posted this status update
”Passed Motor School today and was presented with my new helmet, motor wings and collar pins tonight during our DUI briefing.”
And with it, a picture of his shiny new helmet and wings.
The death of anyone in an accident is always sad but the irony of a young man whose co-workers say wanted to make his community a little bit safer while patrolling it on a “motor” being killed in an accident on a “motor” while on his day off, well it’s hard to understand. At least for me it is.
Just like the irony of LAPD Officer Chris Cortijo, another motor officer who dedicated almost two decades of his career to taking impaired drivers off the street, being killed at the hands of someone accused of driving under the influence.
And if you have a lot of time on your hands, like I did on that long ride back to LA, you may find yourself wondering why three lives came together today; three strangers meeting on a freeway at that precise time and place where seconds could have meant the difference between life and death.