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PD: Motorcyclist killed in crash involving Glendale police unit near Grand and Myrtle avenues

Posted at 1:53 PM, Jan 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-13 20:02:07-05

GLENDALE, AZ  — Glendale police say a motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving one of their police units on Saturday evening.

According to police just before 10 p.m., a Glendale officer was traveling northwest bound on Grand Avenue and was stopped at a red light, waiting to turn westbound onto Myrtle Avenue.

Police say the left turn traffic arrows on Grand Avenue turned green for both northwest and southeast traffic.

The officer started to turn onto Myrtle Avenue as a motorcyclist, traveling in the opposite direction, continued heading southeast on Grand Avenue in front of the Glendale police unit.

The Glendale police unit and the motorcyclist then collided in the intersection.

Police say the officer called in the crash and used his trauma kit to treat the rider, who has been identified as 41-year-old Edward Steven Sanchez, a Glendale resident.

Sanchez was taken to the hospital and was later pronounced dead.

The officer involved in the crash, a four-year veteran of the department, was not hurt.

Police say there are no indications that the officer was responding with lights or had sirens activated at the time of the incident.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.