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Calif. correctional deputy killed by DUI wrong-way driver while driving home from his shift

Correctional Deputy Arturo Romero was a 24-year member of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office


Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

By Austin Turner
Bay Area News Group

SAN JOSE — A crash that killed a 51-year-old Santa Clara County sheriff’s jail deputy early Saturday morning was caused by a driver going the wrong way on Highway 87, according to authorities.

In a news release, the California Highway Patrol revealed that the 26-year-old driver of a Toyota Sienna involved in the collision was driving northbound on southbound Highway 87, near the connector to Interstate 280, just south of downtown San Jose.

At around 4:50 a.m., the Toyota collided head-on with a Honda Accord, killing the Honda driver, identified as Correctional Deputy Arturo Romero with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said Romero was driving home from his shift at the time of the collision.

The driver of the Toyota was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, CHP Officer Ross Lee said Monday.

The CHP will recommend charges to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Lee said. The man who was arrested suffered moderate injuries as a result of the crash.

The sheriff’s office said Romero was a 24-year member of the Sheriff’s Office. He leaves behind his wife and four children.

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