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Below are two articles about Casey Roach's death and his obituary. They appeared in his hometown newspaper and were provided by the San Bernardino Public Library.

Feb. 2, 1976                   Page B-1
The Sun-Telegram
San Bernardino, Calif.

Deputy killed
in S.B. crash

      SAN BERNARDINO -- An off- duty sheriffs deputy was killed here Sunday night in a collision of his motorcycle and a pick up truck at sixth street and Sterling Avenue. The deputy was dead at the scene about 9:30 p.m. His identification was withheld until his relative's could be notified.
      Authorities has only sketchy details of the accident as of 11 p.m. Sunday.
      The sheriffs deputy only minutes earlier had been with other on-duty sheriff's deputies in a brief meeting at Baseline and Victoria Avenues. The deputies told investigators they had seen the off-duty deputy turn south from Base Line on to Sterling after the conference ended. However, investigating patrolmen said they had not yet determined whether the deputy was traveling south on Sterling or west on 6th Street.
      The CHP and a witness confirmed that the El Camino pickup truck was northbound on Sterling Avenue.
      "I was right out here on the porch when the guy in the El Camino came by at an average rate of speed," said Jerry Smith who lives near the corner intersection. Smith said he heard a loud collision. "You could hear it all over the place."
      "The guy in the El Camino got out and he said he didn't know where he (the deputy) came from. He didn't even see him," Smith quoted the driver as saying.
      The driver, whose name was not immediately available, suffered cuts on his face and arm and was taken to a local hospital.
      "Smith said he rushed to the acci- dent scene. When he saw the motorcycle rider I knew there was nothing I could do," he said.
      The motorcycle was tangled in the passenger door of the truck, which had apparently been torn away on impact.
      The body was taken to Grove Colonial Mortuary.


Feb. 3, 1976                  Page B-1
The Sun-Telegram
San Bernardino, Calif.

Deputy killed in accident
four-year veteran of force

      SAN BERNARDINO -- The sheriff's deputy killed in a traffic collision Sunday night was identified as Casey Edward Roach, 26, a patrol- man for more than three years with the sheriff's office.
      Roach was dead at the scene after his motorcycle and an El Camino pickup truck collided at 6th Street and Sterling Avenue.
      The driver of the pickup, John William Anderson, 39, of San Bernardino, suffered cuts on his head and arm, according to California Highway patrolmen. He was treated at St. Bernardine's Hospital and released.
      CHP officers said Monday the collision occurred at 9:25 p.m. when Anderson began a left turn across Sterling onto 6th Street. Roach, who was off-duty had a brief conversa- tion with other on-duty deputies at Base Line and Victoria Avenues only minutes earlier and was driving south on Sterling Avenue, authori- ties said. Anderson was northbound returning home after taking a friend to Redlands.
      There were no skid marks to indi- cate Roach had seen the pickup truck crossing his path. CHP officers said Anderson told investigators he never saw the motorcycle.
      The collision ripped loose the passenger side door of the pickup, which became entangled in the motorcycle.
      CHP officers issued no citation but said the case would be reviewed by the district attorney's office.
      Jerry Smith, a resident near the intersection who was one of the first at the accident scene, complained that the intersection had no street light and has stop signs only for east- west traffic.
      "In the last two and a half years we've had a half dozen or more

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accidents out here," Smith said as he watched law officers investigating the wreckage. "Another person was killed here a year and a half ago.
      Roach was hired by the sheriff's office in May, 1972 and was assigned to San Bernardino patrol division after working a year at the San Bernardino County Jail.
      He was a member of the sheriff's Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T) team, chosen because of his experience with weaponry while he served a two-year tour of duty in Vietnam while with the U.S. Marine Corps, sheriff's Sgt. Walter Colfer said.
      Roach received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in April, 1971.
      Undersheriff Floyd Jones praised Roach as "one of the more popular deputies in central patrol."
      Roach's father, Marvin Roach of Colton, is a deputy county coroner. Roach is survived by both his pa- rents, his wife, Suzanne, three broth- ers, Michael of Bloomington, Brian and Scott, both of Colton.
      Funeral services are set for 9 a.m. Thursday in the Immaculate Concep- tion Church in Colton with burial at Montecito Memorial Park Cemetery.


Feb. 3, 1976
The Sun-Telegram
San Bernardino, Calif.


Casey Roach, San Bernardino

      Casey E. Roach, 26, of 364 E. 17th, San Bernardino, died Sunday in San Bernardino. He had lived in the San Bernardino area 16 years. He was born in Fort Bragg, N.C.
      Roach was a deputy sheriff with the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department and a member of the Sheriff's S.W.A.T. team. He was a member of the Sheriff's Employees Benefit Association and attended the Immaculate Conception Church.
      Survivors include his wife, Suzanne, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Roach of Colton, and three brothers, Michael of Blooming, Brian and Scott, both of Colton.
      Rosary will be at 8 p.m. with visitation from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Colton Funeral Chapel. Mass will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will be in Montecito Memorial Park Cemetery.

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