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Cottonwood Police Commander Jody Makuch killed in off-duty motorcycle crash

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Posted at 9:41 AM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 16:32:27-04

COTTONWOOD, AZ — Cottonwood Police Department is mourning the loss of a commander who was killed in an off-duty crash Monday.

According to officials, Commander Jody Makuch was riding his motorcycle on SR-89 through Cottonwood when a SUV crossed the center line, causing a head-on crash.

Commander Makuch, age 49, reportedly died at a hospital.

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The driver who caused the crash, 41-year-old Jason H. Engel, was booked into jail on manslauter charges. Other charges are pending.

Impairment is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

NAU PD says Commander Makuch, who they described as a "dear friend," frequently worked overtime events at the campus and worked with youth development groups.