Off-duty L.A. County sheriff’s deputy killed in fiery motorcycle crash

An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was killed in a fiery motorcycle crash in Corona, authorities said Sunday.

Deputy Philip Borja, 25, was pronounced dead at a Riverside hospital after the Friday afternoon crash that involved two cars and two motorcycles, according to the Corona Police Department. A resident of Upland, Borja was assigned to the Sheriff’s Department’s station in Norwalk.

Borja and a 24-year-old man were each riding motorcycles eastbound on Hidden Valley Parkway, just east of the 15 Freeway, police said.

Shortly before 4:30 p.m., a 57-year-old woman exited a shopping center in a white Ford sedan and came into the path of the two motorcycles.

Borja’s motorcycle struck the sedan before crashing into a Volkswagen Beetle in a westbound lane, police said. The other motorcycle swerved and avoided the Ford sedan but also struck the Beetle.


The Beetle and Borja’s motorcycle burst into flames, police said.

Borja and the other motorcyclist were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The other motorcyclist was treated and released Saturday, police said.

The driver of the Beetle, a 22-year-old woman, and the driver of the Ford sedan were not injured. The crash is under investigation by Corona police, and authorities have not arrested or cited anyone in connection with it.


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