A memorial is underway for a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer killed while writing a speeding ticket.

A somber procession for Sgt. Steve Licon (lih-COHN’) included dozens of motorcycle officers that wound their way through Riverside to a church where firefighters stood saluting on top of their trucks Tuesday. A giant American flag was draped from the trucks’ ladders over the roadway as Licon’s hearse passed.

The 53-year-old Licon was fatally hit by a car on April 6 after he had pulled someone over for speeding on Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore. Michael Joseph Callahan of Winchester was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Licon’s death.

Police say the 36-year-old Callahan was driving under the influence of alcohol when he hit Licon. Callahan has pleaded not guilty.

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