Off-Duty Police Officer Killed in Motorcycle Accident

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On June 2, an off-duty New York Police Department officer from the 103rd precinct was killed after being hit by a car in the borough of Queens.

According to police reports, the 28-year-old officer was riding his motorcycle down Linden Boulevard in the Jamaica neighborhood around 5 p.m. when he collided with a Chrysler Concorde. While his identity has not yet been released, NYPD officials have confirmed that the officer had been on the force for about three years.

It appears that the Chrysler’s driver was attempting to make a turn onto 158th street when the crash occurred. The force of the collision ejected the officer from his Harley Davidson. Authorities report that the bike struck a 2002 Nissan Altima and the officer landed about 10 feet away. He was immediately transported to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition but was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the Chrysler was not injured. Whether he faces criminal charges has yet to be announced but officials with the NYPD say that the investigation is ongoing. From initial reports, it appears that this accident may have resulted from negligent driving.

Collisions involving motor vehicles and motorcycles can be particularly dangerous to the motorcyclist. Even with helmets and protective gear, motorcycle riders subject themselves to an increased risk of accidents causing serious injury or death. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s carelessness, seek the advice of a knowledgeable Maryland motorcycle accident attorney at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. right away.