Hero Down: San Bernardino Deputy Nicholas O'Loughlin Killed By Impaired Driver
Chino, CA – San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas O’Loughlin was killed in an off-duty collision with a suspected drunk driver on Sunday.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:31 a.m., as Deputy O’Loughlin was driving his 2006 Silverado southbound on Euclid Avenue, the Chino Police Department said in a press release.
Yijie Mao, 26, was driving westbound on Edison Avenue in a 2014 BMW compact SUV, and slammed into the off-duty deputy’s vehicle.
The 28-year-old deputy succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
Mao was found to be under the influence of marijuana and alcohol at the time of the deadly crash, and was arrested on suspicion of DUI causing injury and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, police said.
He is being held at a San Bernardino detention center on $250,000 bond, according to KTLA.
The investigation into the collision is ongoing, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD) said in a press release on Sunday.
Deputy O’Loughlin joined the SBCSD on July 8, 2017, and was assigned to the West Valley Detention facility.
“Nicholas left a positive impression on his friends and coworkers and will be deeply missed,” the department said.
Deputy O’Loughlin leaves behind his parents, Bill and Crystal, and his brother, Jonathan, according to his department.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas O’Loughlin, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.