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Covina police Chief Kim Raney denied Wednesday that a motorcycle officer who was killed in a crash with an SUV was pursuing another motorcyclist at the time of the fatal wreck.

Covina police Officer Jordan Corder, 28, was fatally injured when his motorcycle struck a Honda SUV that was turning left in front of him at the intersection of North Citrus Avenue and West Puente Street around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Corder was thrown from the motorcycle in the collision.

The condition of the 75-year-old woman who was at the wheel of the SUV — the vehicle’s only occupant — was unknown but she was believed to still be hospitalized.

Raney denied a report on the Officer Down Memorial Page website that Corder was pursuing a speeding motorcyclist who had just run a red light.

“There’s a lot of inaccuracies or partial information that’s circulating right now,” Raney told KFI radio. “What it appears to be, and it’s preliminary, is that Officer Corder might have witnessed a traffic violation a few blocks away, but that’s unconfirmed. He was not in pursuit that we know of.”

The chief said a closer study of Corder’s motorcycle would determine if the officer had activated his emergency lights and siren.

“There’s another rumor out there that there was a red light violation involved, but all information so far is that both Officer Corder and the motorist who turned left were operating under a green traffic signal,” he told KFI.

Corder, who was pronounced dead at Citrus Valley Medical Center- Intercommunity Campus in Covina, was a seven-year veteran of the Covina Police Department and a member of its traffic division since May. He is survived by his wife; his father, Mark, a retired police captain; and his mother, Diane.

“This is horrible,” Covina Mayor Peggy Delach told the Whittier Daily News. “Our hearts go out to the family. It is so unfortunate.”

The fatal collision is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol, which will pass its findings on to the Covina Police Department, CHP Officer Peter Bishop said.

In Seal Beach, a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer suffered “moderate” injuries in a hit-and-run crash on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway Tuesday morning.

The crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m. south of Seal Beach Boulevard, said CHP Officer Denise Quesada. Paramedics transported the officer to a hospital for treatment. The officer was northbound when another vehicle swerved in front of the motorcycle, causing it to crash, Quesada said. No description was immediately released of the hit-and-run vehicle.

Authorities urged anyone who witnessed the crash to call investigators at (714) 892-4426.

—City News Service

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