MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – An off-duty Hopkins police officer was tragically killed on Sunday morning when a driver allegedly struck the officer while he rode his bicycle.
Multiple reports confirmed that a 911 caller reported that a biker was unconscious in the roadway after colliding with a car in the 22600 block of Industrial Boulevard in Minneapolis.
The call came in just after midnight on Sunday. Units from the Rogers Police Department along with additional emergency crews rushed to the scene of the accident, where they found the officer lying unresponsive in the street. First responders “attempted life-saving measures” but were too late, a press release from the Rogers Police Department noted. The officer was pronounced dead at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday morning.
He was off-duty at the time of the accident.
Authorities held off on disclosing the officer’s personal information while the family was properly notified of the officer’s passing. Later on Sunday, a Facebook post confirmed that Detective Kevin J. Hegyi, 45, of Rogers PD was the officer involved in the accident. Police say once the autopsy has been completed, they will disclose further details to the public.
TwinCities.com reported that the driver and the bicyclist had both been in the westbound lane of Industrial Boulevard at the time of the collision. Police say the driver is being cooperative and the investigation into the accident is ongoing.
“Our thoughts and condolences go out to those affected by this very tragic and sad event,” the press release continued.
The Hopkins Police Department, where the officer reportedly worked, released a statement.
“Our police department is grieving the officer’s loss along with his family.”
Another off-duty officer tragically died this week while vacationing in Vermont with his family and friends.
A rookie Springfield Police officer died on Friday when he reportedly drowned in a Vermont lake, Masslive.com confirmed.
According to the report, Officer Aaron McNab passed away while he was swimming in Lake Morey. Officials say that McNab, his family and some friends were vacationing at a lakefront property in the Vermont town when the unthinkable happened.
The acting Police Commissioner Cheryl C. Clapprood confirmed the death of Officer McNab in a statement to the press on Saturday.
“Whether its on-duty or off-duty, any time we lose a fellow Springfield police officer it is an emotional drain on all of the women and men in blue,” she said during the press briefing.
She said that Officer McNab, who was just 30-years-old, was swimming in Lake Morey on Friday evening when he went missing. Unable to locate the young officer, his family and friends contacted local authorities to assist in the search.
Vermont State Police dispatched to the residence and began the hunt for McNab. After a 90 minute search, McNab’s body was discovered near the shoreline of the lakefront, just before 10:30 p.m.
Hanover, N.H., Fire Department divers recovered the man’s body from the water on Friday night and transported it to the Vermont chief medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, State Police said.
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Officer McNab was fresh out of the police academy in November and had been working for the Springfield Police Department for the better part of a year.
“Officer McNab was taken away too soon and showed so much promise in his time as a Springfield police officer,” Clapprood went on to say. “We will be praying for him and loved ones during this trying time and will remind them that Officer McNab will forever be a member of our Springfield Police family.”
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno offered his condolences to the grieving family and friends of Officer McNab.
“Commissioner Clapprood and I have met with his family to offer any and all assistance needed. We here in our Springfield Police Department and our City mourn his loss — we are his family,” Sarno said.
A Springfield police officer, on the job less than a year, dies in Vermont drowning. https://t.co/tv0aphyaa8
— Patrick Johnson (@PaddyJ1325) August 3, 2019
The circumstances surrounding the officer’s death are being investigated but are not considered suspicious, Vermont State Police said.
Rest in peace, Officer McNab. Though you are gone, you will never be forgotten.