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Off-duty Los Banos police officer killed in traffic collision

A Los Banos police officer was killed in a Fresno County traffic accident Monday evening, Los Banos Police Chief Gary Brizzee said.

Jesse Freeman, 32, of Fresno, died after his motorcycle was involved in a head-on collision with a pickup truck on Friant Road at 5:30 p.m.

Freeman, who was off-duty at the time, was traveling northbound on Sky Harbour Drive north of Millerton Road when his motorcycle struck a southbound 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche, according to the California Highway Patrol. Freeman was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene.

The truck's driver, a 60-year-old Friant woman, suffered minor injuries. Her passenger, a 60-year-old man also from Friant, was not injured.

Brizzee said the Los Banos Police Department is in contact with the family regarding a possible memorial service. No plans have been announced so far.

Freeman joined Los Banos police in January. Brizzee said it was Freeman's first job in law enforcement. He said Freeman's previous career was in the military.

Freeman is the second Los Banos public safety employee to be killed in a traffic collision this month. Firefighter Andrew Maloney died June 12 from injuries he suffered in a June 9 car crash. Maloney, 29, was driving his 2011 Suzuki motorcycle southbound on Highway 165 near Pioneer Road just after 9 p.m. when 24-year-old Amie Chick, driving the opposite direction in a 2012 Jeep, made a left turn in front of Maloney, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Maloney, who was off duty at the time, couldn't avoid the crash. Chick didn't suffer any injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the CHP.

Reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or cpride@losbanosenterprise.com.

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