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Texas Motor Officer Killed in Crash During Parade Escort

June 26, 2015  | 

Sgt. Korby Kennedy, a San Angelo, Texas, police officer for nearly 20 years, died after an SUV crashed into his motorcycle on Knickerbocker Road, Police Chief Tim Vasquez said in a somber and tearful news conference Thursday evening.

Kennedy was part of an escort from Lake Nasworthy to Twin Peaks restaurant for boats participating in this weekend's Showdown in San Angelo Drag Boat Races, reports the San Angelo Standard Times.

About 6:06 p.m. a Nissan Rogue SUV pulled out of a private parking lot and collided with Kennedy's SAPD motorcycle near the Albert Street intersection, Vasquez said.

Kennedy was taken to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance, escorted by six patrol units, but died of his injuries. The driver and passenger in the SUV were said to suffer minor injuries.

Before the news conference Vasquez spoke to police staff, asking them to "remember why we do what we do" and to honor Kennedy by doing their job "nobly and with professionalism as Korby did."

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kevCopAz @ 6/27/2015 10:29 AM

Another sad incident. As a LEO (a non-motor) I say this with love & respect to my brothers on motors. Perhaps it time that we eliminate motorcycles. The constant loss of fine officers in accidents that if in a car they would survive is sicking. I realize how well a motorcycle can be used in police work but, really the same type of enforcement can be done in a vehicle. The original use for cycles were for two reasons, speed and cost. Both have been overcome to an extent and the reasons to use motors over passenger vehicles are few now. If I were a chief, I would have the cycles go the way of the mounted units, keep a few for very specific reasons, (parades etc) but down size them and put the officers in cars as traffic enforcement, marked or unmarked they can do the same job. I would bet there would be far fewer fatalities, let alone in juries to our fellow officers. I know that you motors are all going nuts, but you know its not IF, but when,you will go down. Think about it please!

S.S. @ 6/29/2015 8:24 AM

Interesting comment kevCopAz., something to consider, and it's good to think outside the box. I just can't see it happening. My Dept. lost a motor Officer on 3-18-2015, and it was during a funeral procession. Our careers our very dangerous, but someone's gotta do it. We are the ones who chose to do it. Unfortunately we know the risks that are involved. We may not come home at the end of our tour of duty for the day. Im sure wives and kids know this as well. It's just the reality that we face everyday.

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