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ASU motorcycle officer killed in crash near Loop 101 and University Drive

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Loop 101 ASU Police Crash
Posted at 9:19 AM, Jan 14, 2021

TEMPE, AZ — A deadly crash involving a police officer is under investigation near Loop 101 and University Drive.

A procession was held for fallen ASU Officer Joseph Montgomery, who died in a motorcycle crash Thursday morning.

Emergency crews were called to the area around 8:30 a.m. Thursday for reports of a crash with injuries.

Officials with the Mesa Fire Department said the crash involved a motorcycle officer with the Arizona State University Police Department. It's unclear whether the officer was on-duty or off-duty at the time of the crash.

DPS confirmed the motorcycle operator was pronounced dead at the hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Officials say it appears the motorcycle may have struck the wall near the off-ramp. An investigation remains ongoing.

On Thursday afternoon, the ASU Police Department tweeted a message identifying the officer as Joseph Montgomery. He was a 13-year veteran with the department.

Officer Montgomery is survived by a wife and four children.