Riverside Police Officer Dies After Being Hit by Car

Associated Press

A police officer who was on the force for 18 months died at a local hospital Sunday, a day after being hit while investigating a traffic accident, authorities said.

Officer Claire Connelly was the first female officer in Riverside to die in the line of duty, Police Department officials said.

A vehicle driven by an alleged drunk motorist struck Connelly and a tow truck driver as they stood at the site of a traffic accident early Saturday, police said.

Connelly, 30, suffered critical pelvic and abdominal injuries. She died Sunday morning at Riverside Community Hospital after being removed from life support.


The tow truck driver, Alejandro Garcia, was treated at the hospital and released.

Darlene Barbary, 34, was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving and released Saturday morning after posting a $10,000 bond, police said.