CHP Officer Dies After Being Hit On Side Of I-15 Near Elsinore

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CHP Officer Dies After Being Hit On Side Of I-15 Near Elsinore

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A Winchester man accused of hitting and killing a California Highway Patrol sergeant on Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore over the weekend has been charged with second-degree murder. The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office says Michael Joseph Callahan faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted. He is charged in connection to the death of CHP Sgt. Steve Licon.

Callahan, 36, appeared on Wednesday before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon and pleaded not guilty. He is in custody at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside. His bail is $1 million bail.

Licon, 53, of Perris, was conducting traffic enforcement on his CHP motorcycle about 4:25 p.m. when he was fatally struck on southbound Interstate 15, about 1.5 miles north of Nichols Road in Lake Elsinore, according to the CHP.

“The fatal collision happened after Sgt. Licon had stopped a 2017 Chrysler 300 for a traffic violation,” a news release from the DA’s Office stated. “The Chrysler and Sgt. Licon’s CHP motorcycle were stopped on the freeway’s right shoulder. The defendant’s car was traveling along the right shoulder, not in the designated freeway lanes.” That’s when Callahan slammed into the lawman, his bike and the Chrysler, investigators said. The gravely injured victim, who had served 28 years with the Highway Patrol, was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, where he died less than an hour later. The family of four in the Chrysler was not hurt.