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The two police officers who were killed in a car accident in San Diego on Friday have been identified as a married couple.
The California Highway Patrol responded to a call at around 10:20 a.m. Friday about a Honda Civic traveling north against traffic on Interstate 5. Shortly thereafter, I received a call about a crash.
The moving car crashed into a Ford sedan that has been driven by two police officers since then been identified as Jamie Huntley-Park, 33, and Ryan Park, 32.
“Today my heart aches as we mourn the tragic deaths of two excellent detectives,” said San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit in an explanation.
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“You were an incredible part of our team that has helped countless San Diego residents,” said Nisleit, noting that he promoted the officers to detective in 2018.
The couple met at the police academy in April 2012 and married in 2016.
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“Jamie and Ryan spent their lives serving and protecting the city. So I would like to express my appreciation to both of them for their service and sacrifices to the city and the people who live here, ”said San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria at a press conference. “Once again I extend my condolences to their families in the name of a grateful city.”
The couple was out of service at the time of the accident.
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The name of the driver, who also died, has not yet been disclosed by the authorities. The Civic went up in flames after the crash, the authorities said.
Factors related to the accident – including vehicle speed and possible intoxicants – are still being investigated.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.