TEMECULA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy died Saturday in a crash in Temecula, the Department confirmed.
According to the Department, Deputy Matthew Creed died after being ejected during single-vehicle a crash on De Portola Road just east of Calle Arboles just after 9 a.m. Saturday.
A preliminary investigation determined that the Ford F-150 was being driven at a high rate of speed when it hit the center median and flipped over.
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The truck came to a rest on its roof before catching fire.
Three juveniles were in the truck at the time of the crash and were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The department sent 10News the following statement:
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is grieving the loss of Deputy Matthew Creed. Grief counselors are available for employees and we reached out to his family to offer them resources.
Deputy Creed became a Detentions Deputy on August 24, 2012. He was last assigned to the Vista Detention Facility.
Among his many accomplishments is a recognition and exemplary performance certificate for analyzing data and developing a concise presentation to the Grand Jury during the inspection of the Vista Detention Facility. His easy to understand presentation was also adopted by other facilities during inspections.
This is just one example of the dedicated service Deputy Creed provided to the people of San Diego County during his seven years of service.
A GoFundMe has been started to raise money for the family’s day-to-day expenses as well as funeral costs.