SkyFOX flew over the scene in Riverside County as the deputy’s body was moved into a hearse as they were saluted by fellow first responders.
Orange County officials identified the deputy as Brian Haney, who worked in the San Juan Capistrano area and was on his way home when the crash occurred. Officials said he was married with a month-old child. Haney's age was not immediately available.
Deputy Haney was a six-year veteran of the force.
PHOTO: Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs
"Today, Orange County Deputy Brian Haney tragically lost his life on his way home from a shift of keeping San Juan Capistrano families safe. I’m grateful for his service, and my heart goes out to Deputy Haney’s loved ones. His young family will need our strong community support through the grief," Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said in a statement.
San Juan Capistrano Mayor Howard Hart wrote online that he was "shocked and deeply saddened" at Haney's death.
"I am especially devastated to learn that he leaves behind a loving wife and a newborn baby to whom he was returning home after protecting and serving our community when this terrible accident occurred," Hart wrote. "I know my San Juan Capistrano neighbors will join me in prayers of comfort and support for Deputy Haney's family and loved ones."
The circumstances leading up to the crash are under investigation.