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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.

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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.


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