Family members of fallen Huntington Beach police officer Leslie James Prince unveil the street sign in his honor at the dedication ceremony Saturday.(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
Huntington Beach Police Chief Rob Handy speaks at the dedication of a street sign to fallen officer Leslie James Princeon Saturday. Prince died Dec. 1, 1974, after suffering injuries weeks before when he was struck by a truck.(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
Bob Prince, brother of fallen Huntington Beach Police officer Leslie James Prince, speaks at the dedication ceremony Saturday as family members listen.(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
Jaden Potter sings “Gone Too Soon” at the dedication ceremony for fallen Huntington Beach Police officer Leslie James Prince on Saturday.(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
Flowers adorn the street sign dedicated to fallen Huntington Beach police Offier Leslie James Prince.(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
Family, friends and members of Huntington Beach Police gather around the street sign dedicated to him Saturday.(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
Officer Leslie James Prince’s widow Linda Rudesill, and his son Michael Prince and granddaughter Emily Prince at the sign dedicated to him in Huntington Beach on Saturday.(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
The Huntington Beach Police Department dedicated a street sign Saturday to an officer who died after being struck by a vehicle 44 years ago.
City officials and members of the Police Department gathered at Adams Avenue and Beach Boulevard to honor Officer Leslie James Prince.
Prince died Dec. 1, 1974, after suffering injuries weeks before when he and his partner, Officer Steve Ekstedt, were assigned to help a traffic officer at the intersection of Beach and Adams, authorities said. A power failure caused the traffic signals at the intersection to malfunction.
Prince was struck by a speeding pickup that entered the intersection against another officer’s direction, authorities said. Prince was thrown onto the hood of the truck and was carried for some distance before the vehicle came to a rest and he rolled onto the street, authorities said.
Saturday’s ceremony was the last of three scheduled in Huntington Beach to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
A sign dedicated Nov. 19 along Pacific Coast Highway near the Bolsa Chica wetlands honors Orange County sheriff’s Deputy Ezra Stanley, who was killed in 1940 when his patrol car was hit by a driver police say was under the influence.
A sign dedicated Oct. 13 near Crest Avenue and Main Street pays tribute to Huntington Beach police Officer Leo Roy “LeRoy” Darst, who was killed in a crash in 1928.