NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An off-duty NYPD officer was pronounced dead Monday evening, after he was struck by a car while riding his motorcycle in Jamaica, Queens, police confirmed.
The officer was hit at Linden Boulevard and 158th Street in Queens shortly before 5 p.m., police said.
The officer was traveling east on Linden Boulevard on his motorcycle, while the Chrysler sedan was headed west.
The car turned to head south on 158th Street, and the officer was thrown off the motorcycle and was hit by another car.
His black Harley Davidson lay in the middle of Linden Boulevard, his helmet nearby, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
Joseph Tomanway lives near the scene and described what he saw.
“I came inside when I head the boom,” he said. “I look at the body laying down, I said, ‘Oh boy, this person is dead.’”
The 28-year-old officer was taken to Jamaica Hospital Center, where he was initially reported in critical condition and was later pronounced dead, police told CBS 2 and WCBS 880.
The driver remained at the scene, police said.
A police lieutenant was seen outside the hospital, handing the officer’s helmet to a family member.
The investigation into the incident continued Monday evening.
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