Two California Highway Patrol officers who were killed in a crash early this morning south of Fresno had both previously worked in the Bay Area. Officers Brian Law, 34, and Juan Gonzalez, 33, were responding to a crash on southbound state Highway 99 near Sierra Street in Kingsburg when, at about 6:07 a.m., the patrol car they were in veered off the highway and struck a signpost, CHP Officer Axel Reyes said.
Law and Gonzalez were both pronounced dead at the scene. CHP Capt. Dave Paris said at a news conference that it appears the patrol car went off the roadway when the driver swerved to avoid a pedestrian. The pedestrian had been involved in the collision the officers were responding to, which was initially reported to have happened on the northbound side of the highway, Paris said.
Law and Gonzalez were classmates at the CHP Academy in Sacramento in 2008. Law started his career at the CHP office in Oakland before transferring to the Fresno-area office. Gonzalez previously worked at the CHP office in San Jose. All lanes of southbound Highway 99 were closed after the crash. Reyes said authorities were expecting to open the No. 1 lane by 2 p.m., and he anticipated that all lanes would reopen by 6 p.m.
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