A Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputy who was killed in a tragic SUV accident will be remembered in Wildomar this weekend.
Services for Canyon Lake resident Matthew R. Handy, 33, are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 34350 Almond Street. The community is welcome to attend.
The deputy was killed near Island Park, Idaho, while vacationing with family. On July 13, he was a passenger in a Toyota SUV that was traveling on the Mesa Falls Highway, about 10 miles east of U.S. Highway 20, when the driver momentarily fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed.
Handy was ejected from the SUV and died instantly; he was not wearing a seatbelt, according to a news report in the Standard Journal.
No one else in the vehicle was hurt.
A funeral service was held for Handy in Utah this week, where most of his family now lives. Officers from both the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office turned out to pay their respects.
Handy grew up Canyon Lake and attended Elsinore High School. He worked at the county's Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility.