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LAPD officer, Mission Viejo man killed in O.C. motorcyle collision

December 14, 2010 |  3:00 pm

An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was one of two people killed after three motorcycles collided near Irvine Lake in Orange County, authorities said Tuesday.

Officer Kent Carter, 60, of Rowland Heights was driving northbound on Santiago Canyon Road south of Jeffrey Road on Sunday when his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle veered into oncoming traffic.

He collided with Miles McCune, 24, of Mission Viejo, who was driving his 1999 Honda motorcycle northbound.

A third motorcycle -- a male driver and female passenger driving a 2007 Honda southbound on Santiago Canyon Road -- hit Carter a second time.

Carter and McCune were pronounced dead at the scene. The man and woman in the 2007 Honda were ejected from the motorcycle and hospitalized with serious injuries.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.

Carter, an officer with the LAPD Emergency Operations Division, had worked for the department since 1981. He started as a patrol and vice officer and later worked as a training officer. He had been assigned to the LAPD’s Labor Relations Division since 1998.

LAPD Lt. Andrew Neiman said in a statement that Carter was “the most gracious, warm and considerate individual I have ever met. He loved his family, loved life and was looking forward to a wonderful retirement in a year. His passing will create a huge void in the Department.”


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