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Off-Duty Texas Motor Officer Killed in Crash While Escorting Funeral

March 19, 2015  | 

Scene of the crash. (Photo: KTSM Screen Shot)
Scene of the crash. (Photo: KTSM Screen Shot)

An off-duty El Paso police motorcycle officer escorting a funeral procession was killed Wednesday in a collision with a car at an East Side intersection.

The name of the officer was not released, but a police spokesman told the El Paso Times he had been with the department for 10 years.

The accident was under investigation by the police Special Traffic Investigations Unit and no charges had been filed as of early Wednesday evening.

Police officials said motorcycle officers were working off-duty as funeral procession escorts when the accident occurred at about 2 p.m. at Yarbrough Drive and Edgemere Boulevard.

One motorcycle officer was blocking westbound traffic on Edgemere while the officer drove north on Yarbrough with flashing lights and sirens, police spokesman Sgt. Chris Mears said.

A 54-year-old woman driving a Honda Civic west on Edgemere allegedly "disregarded" the officer blocking traffic, Mears said. The motorcycle officer hit the driver's side of the Civic.

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Tbow426 @ 3/23/2015 12:48 PM

Funeral procession escorts are accidents waiting to happen. I know it is a sign of respect, but I like what some areas of the country are doing. (unfortunately not in my area) At the conclusion of the service the preacher or other official says "That concludes this portion of the service. We will meet at the cemetery in 30 minutes for the graveside portion. Please drive safely" No one is proceeding through red lights or stop signs and people still get to the cemetery to pay graveside respects.

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