A procession was held Wednesday evening for a fallen Oxnard police officer who died in a motorcycle crash earlier in the day.
Nathan Martin, 45, was off-duty when he died following a crash near the intersection of Third Street between Marquita Street and Campton Drive, south of Oxnard’s La Colonia neighborhood around 4:00 p.m., according to the Oxnard Police Department.
Martin had just left the Oxnard police station less than a mile away and was driving eastbound on Third Street when a tractor trailer turned left in front of him, Chief Scott Whitney said during a press conference Wednesday. Martin was transported to a local hospital and all life saving measures were attempted, Whitney said, but he succumbed to his injuries.
“It’s a terrible and dark day for everyone here at the city of Oxnard and the Oxnard Police Department,” Whitney said. “He was a good man. He worked hard for his city. He was committed to his job.”
The fallen officer was a 20-year veteran of the department and had held a number of positions, including patrol officer, property crimes investigator and traffic offices. At the time of his death, he was stationed as a school resource officer at Hueneme High School. Martin had just left the campus about an hour before the incident, police said.
The department held a procession to escort his body to the county coroner's office. Sky5 footage showed a flag-draped coffin being carried into a hearse at Ventura County Medical Center, with dozens of officers lining the path.
Martin is survived by his wife and three children. His brother Tom was also an officer with the department.
California Highway Patrol was investigating the incident.