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Off-duty deputy killed, passenger injured in accident near El Montek

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was killed and his passenger was injured when he collided with a road sign and a light pole near El Monte on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 16, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The coroner’s office identified the deputy as Cameron Blaine Fish, 33, of Temple City.

CHP spokesman Rodrigo Jiménez said it happened just after 2 a.m. on Santa Anita Avenue, north of Freer Street, in the unincorporated county area near El Monte.

The deputy in the 1965 Cobra 427 was speeding and headed north on Santa Anita Avenue, Jiménez said, and did not negotiate a curve.

The cobra turned left and went over a mean median and then hit a street sign and a light pole. Jimenez said the driver was ejected and died on the spot.

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It was not clear how fast the car was traveling just before the accident.

Jimenez said the passenger, a 28-year-old woman, suffered a head injury and was taken to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center.

Department spokesman Deputy Miguel Meza said Fish, a 12-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, worked as a bailiff at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles.

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