Former hockey coach remembers San Diego police detective killed in a crash in the wrong direction
San Diego-The San Diego detective who was killed in a crash in the wrong direction in San Ysidro last week is remembered by her former hockey coach for his positivity, determination and kindness.
On Friday, 33-year-old Jamie Huntley-Parker and 32-year-old husband and detective Ryan Parker were attacked frontally by a driver on Interstate 5.At the time of the incident, San Diego Chief of Police David Nislet said. The driver of the other car, Ramona resident Sandra Daniels, was also killed in the accident.
This loss resonated with many people, including Kathy McGarrigle, who coached Huntley Park when she was a member of the Lady Ducks youth hockey program in Anaheim.
“When I was 85 years old, all the ducklings would come back and say goodbye,” McGarrigle said. “You don’t want to be someone who has to see off. This is my emotion, because it’s retrogressive.”
McGarrigle said that Huntley-Park joined when Lady Ducks first started.
“It’s great to have her join,” she said. “She is definitely a college athlete. At the time, we really just went with a team that could travel across the country and participate in competitions.”
She is considered the best on the ice, and Paul Nemetz-Carlson of Elmira College in New York soon saw this in her. Nemetz-Carlson said that he always talks to his colleagues about five recruitment stories, three of which happen to be about Jaime.
He remembers the first time he saw her in person during a recruiting trip on the East Coast.
“She was wearing a helmet in the penalty area, her hair was messy, and she just threw down her gloves,” he said. “I walked in and said, “Yeah. She will join our team. I will be fine. This will be very exciting. ‘”
Nemetz-Carlson said that there is no doubt that her talent on the ice translated into her career in the police force. Nislet said on Friday that she and her husband are in a “very, very fast upward trend, just doing a great job.”
“Her presence as an ice hockey officer and her presence as a ruthless, determined policeman-both have an understanding of the edge of going forward,” Nemetz-Carlson said.
Huntley Park will soon be posthumously awarded by her previous hockey program.
At Elmira College, the hockey referee’s room will be named after her. Lady Ducks also plans to host an alumni contest on Saturday, where they will observe a 23-second silence for Huntley-Park in recognition of the number she wore on the show.