CHP renames 880 section after fallen officer

October 7, 2009 6:42:15 PM PDT
The California Highway Patrol this morning is renaming a stretch of Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland after an officer who was killed on an on-ramp in 2006 while investigating a crash.

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Norhtbound I-880 between 66th Avenue and High Street will be designated the Officer Brent W. Clearman Memorial Freeway, CHP spokesman Officer Sam Morgan said this morning.

On the night of Aug. 5, 2006, Clearman was hit by a car on the 66th Avenue on-ramp while responding to a crash. He died the next day.

Clearman was 33 when he died. He had joined the CHP in 2004 after spending 12 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq and was trained as a sniper.

A sign was unveiled this morning on the highway and Clearman was remembered by speakers at an event at the Elihu Harris State Building.

The new highway designation "underscores the risk that officers face every day when they're out there performing their duties," Morgan said.

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