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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Police Motorcyclist in Presidential Motorcade Dies After Florida Accident

A police motorcyclist in President Barack Obama's motorcade died Sunday in Florida following a serious highway accident, the top White House spokesman said.

The officer from the Jupiter, Florida, police department was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center in nearby West Palm Beach after being critically injured in the 5 p.m. crash involving a vehicle not in the motorcade.

About three hours later, after Obama had landed back in Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters the officer, whose name was not immediately released, had succumbed to injuries. Obama was notified of the death, according to Carney, who added that the president said his thoughts and prayers were with the officer's family.


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