San Jose, CA – Soledad Police Department (SPD) Corporal Kevin McArthur died in an off-duty motorcycle crash early Sunday morning.
The 33-year-old corporal was riding his Yamaha motorcycle on the connecting ramp between southbound Highway 87 and southbound Highway 85 at approximately 3 a.m. on Feb. 23 when he suddenly veered to the right and slammed into a concrete wall, the Los Gatos Patch reported.
The force of the impact launched Cpl. McArthur over the wall and into a field approximately 100 feet below.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cpl. McArthur, a six-year veteran-of-the-force, was also a sergeant in the California Army National Guard Reserve, Soledad Police Chief Damon Wasson told the Los Gatos Patch.
He was named as the SPD’s Officer of the Year two years in a row, the SPD said in a Facebook post in 2018.
Prior to his career in law enforcement, Cpl. McArthur served as a combat medic during two tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Soledad Bee reported.
He was also a member of the prestigious Army Honor Guard and took part in over 700 military funeral ceremonies.
“I want to take this opportunity to extend my deepest condolences and prayers to his family and friends during this painful and difficult time,” Soledad City Manager Michael McHatten told KION.
“Soledad is a small, tight-knit community where we truly care about each other. In these moments, it is so important that we came together to show one another support,” McHatten said.
Cpl. McArthur is survived by his parents, according to KSBW.
He will be laid to rest during a private family ceremony in March, Chief Wasson told the Los Gatos Patch.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Soledad Police Department Corporal Kevin McArthur, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.