ASU police officer dies after motorcycle hits wall on Loop 101 near University Drive

An Arizona State University police officer died after a crash on his way to work Thursday morning in Tempe.



a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Joseph Montgomery


© Arizona State University Police Department
Joseph Montgomery

According to ASU Police spokesperson Adam Wolfe, the crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. on Loop 101 near University Drive.

The officer, later identified as Joseph Montgomery, was on a motorcycle heading to the department at the time of the collision.

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Montgomery was taken to Banner Desert Medical Center where he later died, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The department said Montgomery appears to have “struck a wall” while exiting the University ramp, which has been closed for investigation.

In a tweet, the ASU Police Department said Montgomery was a 13-year veteran of the department and is survived by his wife and four children.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” the tweet said.

Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff Friday to honor Montgomery. 

“He put his life on the line to protect others, and we are grateful for his bravery, sacrifice and service. Our prayers are with his wife, four children, loved ones and the ASU Police Department during this difficult time,” Ducey said in a tweet. 

Officers surrounded the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office in downtown Phoenix on Thursday afternoon for a procession for Montgomery. 



a train is parked on the side of a road: Loop 101 at University Drive while officials were investigating an accident involving an ASU officer on a motorcycle on Jan. 14, 2021.


© Arizona Department of Transportation
Loop 101 at University Drive while officials were investigating an accident involving an ASU officer on a motorcycle on Jan. 14, 2021.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: ASU police officer dies after motorcycle hits wall on Loop 101 near University Drive

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