An off-duty Riverside police sergeant, a 25-year veteran on the force, was killed in a crash on his personal motorcycle in Nuevo Monday night, Aug. 2, authorities said.
The collision involving Sgt. Matt Lewis occurred about 7:15 p.m. near Pico Avenue and Santa Rosa Road, Riverside police said Tuesday morning.
“Matt was a family man who loved his four children and one grandchild dearly,” Riverside Police Chief Larry Gonzalez posted online. “We hurt right now over this loss and ask our community to join us as we mourn Sergeant Lewis and support his grieving family in this immense time of need.”
The California Highway Patrol was investigating the cause and circumstances surround the crash, but a spokesperson was not immediately available to provide information.
Dozens of officers on motorcycles and in squad cars escorted the fallen officer from the scene to the Riverside County coroner’s office overnight.
Lewis started as a cadet and worked as an officer, a detective and a sergeant in the department, Gonzalez said.
“He was well-liked and admired, not only by those he worked alongside with at our department, but throughout the law enforcement community,” Gonzalez wrote.