June 24, 2014
LOS ANGELES – A police officer and veteran of the war in the Middle East was killed in a motorcycle crash while riding off-duty earlier this month.
26-year-old Thomas Chamberlin of Walnut was riding on Highway-39 just before 8:30 pm north of Azusa when the crash occurred, according to Edgar Figueroa of the California Highway Patrol.
Figueroa says that “[Chamberlin] went down onto the roadway and subsequently struck the side of the mountain."
The accident took place in Angeles National Forest, an area known to motorcycle riders as being both a haven and a fairly dangerous ride.
Chamberlin was airlifted to USC Medical Center, where he reportedly succumbed to his injuries.
According to a press release put out by the Fontana Police, he is survived by his parents Tom and Guadalupe Chamberlin. After graduating from Diamond Bar High School in 2006, Chamberlin joined the US Marines and served two deployments, one in Iraq from 2008-2009 and another in Afghanistan in 2010. In 2011 he was honorably discharged, and after attending Cal State Fullerton, he joined the Fontana Police Department in 2013.
CHP are continuing their investigation into the cause of the crash.
Hearing about a crash like this cuts to the core of any rider. Most of us in Southern California are familiar with Angeles National Forest and it's notoriety. In this case we mourn a fellow riding brother, a veteran and a public safety servant. The Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers here offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this tragedy, and we beg our readers to please stay safe and look out for yourselves on our roadways.