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Procession takes police officer killed in crash to mortuary

Posted at 12:21 PM, Jun 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-02 15:21:01-04

PHOENIX (AP) — A procession transported the body of a Phoenix police officer killed in an on-duty collision to a mortuary on Wednesday.

Dozens of law enforcement motorcycles from multiple agencies escorted the white hearse carrying Officer Ginarro New from the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office to a mortuary in north-central Phoenix. Police said the 27-year-old officer died Monday night after his police SUV was struck in an intersection by a car that ran a red light.

The car’s driver was identified by police as 31-year old Christopher Castro. According to police, speed and impairment were believed to be contributed factors in the crash.