An off-duty San Bernardino police officer who was killed in a crash on the 91 Freeway in Corona on Thursday was identified as an eight-year veteran of the department who had recently become a motor officer.
The collision occurred on the 91 Freeway just east of the 15 Freeway at about 9:05 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
A car entered the HOV lane on the westbound 91 Freeway and collided with the motorcycle, catapulting the rider over the concrete median, where he landed in the eastbound HOV lane and was struck by another vehicle, according CHP Officer Travis Monks.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, Monks said. The collision was under investigation.
The victim was identified by the San Bernardino Police Department on Thursday afternoon as 30-year-old Shaun Jarvis of Beaumont. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
At a news conference, police Lt. Richard Lawhead, the head of the department’s motor division, got choked up talking about Jarvis.
“I went to the scene. It’s hard to see him like that,” Lawhead said.
Jarvis had joined the department as a rookie in June 2006 and, after eight years, was recently selected as a motor officer, officials said.
A March 22 post on his Facebook page stated Jarvis had just passed motor school and was presented with a new helmet, motor wings and collar pins.
He had been assigned to the Traffic Division as a motor officer in January and recently was awarded his motor officer insignia, the San Bernardino Police Department stated in a news release.
“On Thursday, May 1, 2014, the San Bernardino Police Department lost a member of its family,” the release stated, calling Jarvis “highly respected.”
His coworkers and superiors described him as a baby-faced, fun-loving jokester. He volunteered for mounted patrol on horseback, police officials said.
Jarvis was riding his personal motorcycle at the time of the crash, Lawhead said.
“We train our folks that ride motorcycles to almost ride hyper-defensively,” San Bernardino police Chief Jarrod Burguan said. “They are very, very good at recognizing danger, at recognizing hazards.”
Jarvis’ body was draped with a California state flag as he was taken from the scene.
The driver who collided with the motorcyclist was cooperating with investigators, according to Monks.
No charges had been filed, Monks said.
The driver had apparently entered into the HOV lane in a demarcated area for entry and exit, according to Monks.
The HOV lane on both the eastbound and westbound sides of the 91 Freeway were closed near Main Street due to the fatal crash, according to Caltrans.
A SigAlert was issued and traffic was backed up in both directions as emergency crews remained on scene, aerial video from Sky5 showed.
KTLA’s Chris Wolfe and Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.