An off-duty police officer on his way to work died Thursday morning when he lost control and crashed his motorcycle in Queens, police said.
The 42-year-old officer was traveling to work in the westbound lane of the Belt Parkway near the Merrick Boulevard exit around 5:30 a.m. when he struck a guardrail and fell off his 2011 Yamaha motorcycle, cops and sources said.
He was discovered lying in the left lane of the parkway, unconscious and unresponsive. Police said he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The cop, whose name was not immediately released, was rushed to North Shore hospital in Nassau County, but he could not be saved.
He was assigned to the NYPD’s Highway Patrol Unit 2, which is located on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, and came onto the force in 2003, police sources said.
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