TRACY — A car beyond recognition, a commuter bus with a broken window and traffic on eastbound Interstate 580 near Tracy at a crawl after an Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy and former Stockton police officer was killed Friday morning.
“It just hurts all of us and even the public, our supporters of law enforcement, today a little piece of everybody died,” said Capt. Chris Sherry with CHP Dublin.
CHP Investigators said the front of a commuter bus crashed into Deputy Sroeuy Khin’s Volkswagen beetle. The bus was carrying 51 Tesla employees on their way home to Stockton. Khin was also on his way home to San Joaquin County.
They add when Khin and the bus crashed, Khin’s car was either stopped or traveling at a very slow speed.
“Hard-working, dedicated employee who loved his job,” said Sheriff Greg Ahern of Alameda County of Khin.
When officers realized the victim was a deputy, they covered his body in an American flag, saluted him and a procession of law enforcement officers led his body to the coroner’s office in Oakland.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said Friday would have been Khin’s day off but he had volunteered to work a 12 hour overtime shift.
Khin was also a former Stockton Police officer in the early 2000s and a Jackson Rancheria police officer.
At the site of the crash, FOX40 spoke to the safety training manager with SFO Airporter, the company that owns the bus. Youel David said their driver has been with them for at least a decade.
“I truly don’t know what happened,” said Youel David, the safety training manager with SFO Airporter. “I’m just hearing bits and pieces here and there. We’ll just have to wait until the investigation is complete.”
CHP Dublin told FOX40 the driver has been very cooperative with the investigation and has submitted a blood sample so they can check for drugs or alcohol. Although investigators stressed that drugs nor alcohol appear to be factors.
While it may take months before the exact cause is discovered, the grief that has overcome the law enforcement community has been met with equal support.
“It’s really touching to see that support that we have in this law enforcement community,” Sheriff Ahern said.
Khin leaves behind a wife and four kids. The Stockton Police Department released this statement:
The Stockton Police Department sends our condolences to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and to the family and friends of Deputy Sroeuy Khin. Prior to being hired by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Khin was a Stockton Police Officer in the early 2000’s where he proudly served our community.
Tesla also released this statement:
We are aware of an accident this morning involving an independently-operated shuttle carrying Tesla employees and another vehicle. All Tesla employees on the bus are safe and accounted for, however we are deeply saddened by reports that there was a fatality as a result of the accident. We will lend any support that we can to the authorities who are investigating the incident.