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A police officer died Monday, August 26, in a motorcycle accident that took place during President Bush’s motorcade to the Albuquerque airport.

Rio Rancho Officer Germaine Casey, 40, crashed at the Albuquerque airport at a point where a road enters an underground parking garage

Casey was pronounced dead at a local Albuquerque hospital.

According to Trish Hoffman, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson, “Any time there is a presidential motorcade, the officers, that’s part of their job, they drive at a high rate of speed.”

Spectators told authorities that the motorcycle first hit a curb and then hit a tree. The motorcycle appeared to be nearly destroyed and the officer fell to the ground, where he was eventually helped by an emergency medical technician.

The motorcycle was near the front of the motorcade, and the president saw the wreck as he drove by on the way to the airport after attending a fundraiser for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Investigators are going to have a full investigation about the cause of the crash.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.

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