The Riverside Police Department is mourning the death of a motorcycle officer who was killed in a crash near Nuevo Monday night.
The officer was off-duty when he was involved in a collision with a pickup truck pulling a trailer near the intersection of Pico Avenue and Santa Rosa Road around 7:15 p.m., a California Highway Patrol spokesperson confirmed.
Emergency personnel pronounced the officer, later identified by the Police Department as Sgt. Matt Lewis, dead at the scene.
The Department confirmed that Lewis was riding his personal motorcycle at the time of the crash.
A procession took place in Riverside later Monday night with law enforcement escorting a coroner’s van that was carrying Lewis’ body.
“We are saddened by the tragic and sudden death of our brother, Riverside Police Sergeant Matt Lewis, who died in an off-duty motorcycle accident last night,” Department Chief Larry Gonzalez said in a statement Tuesday.
Lewis grew up in Riverside and was a 25-year veteran of the Department.
“Matt was a family man who loved his four children and one grandchild dearly. We hurt right now over this loss and ask our community to join us as we mourn Sergeant Lewis and support his grieving family in this immense time of need,” a portion of Gonzalez’s statement read.
It was unclear if the pickup truck driver was injured in the crash.