SANTA CLARITA – An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was killed and a 20-year-old woman was seriously injured in a head-on collision Wednesday night near Santa Clarita.
The 31-year-old deputy lived in Lancaster and was on his way home from work when the collision occurred around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, on San Francisquito Canyon Road north of Stator Lane, authorities said.
The deputy was driving a 2012 Honda CR-V southbound on San Francisquito Canyon Rd., approaching Stator Lane, when he lost control and “partially crossed over the solid painted double yellow parallel lines into the opposing northbound traffic lane,” according to a California Highway Patrol report.
The Honda CR-V collided head-on with a northbound 2014 Ford Flex driven by 20-year-old Katelyn Sanders of Green Valley, according to the CHP report.
“As a result of this traffic collision, both parties suffered major injuries and were transported to Henry Mayo Hospital,” the CHP report states. “While at Henry Mayo Hospital, [the deputy] succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 11:08 p.m.”
Neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in the collision, according to the California Highway Patrol.
UPDATE: DECEASED ID’d AS DEPUTY BRANDON ARCE
The Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy killed in the head-on collision, while off-duty and in his personal vehicle, has been identified as Brandon Arce, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Deputy Arce began his career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in the fall of 2007. He was a graduate of Academy Class 370 and was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff in 2008. During his time with the Sheriff’s Department, he was assigned to the Pitchess Detention Center’s East Facility and Court Services Division. His most recent assignment was at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic.
Deputy Arce was an avid marksman and a resident of Lancaster. He is survived by his parents, Gilbert and Maria Arce; two brothers Andrew and Eric; and his fiancé Stefanie Perez.
Deputy Arce’s father is a retired member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He served the residents of Los Angeles County with distinction for more than 32 years, rose to the rank of lieutenant and retired in 2012.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell stated the following, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Deputy Brandon Arce, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Law enforcement is a close knit community and when we lose a member of our family the loss is definitely felt by everyone. We have Department personnel with his family offering support during this challenging time. As we work through this devastating loss, our thoughts go out to the families and all those affected by this tragedy.”
Read the full sheriff’s news release here.