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San Jose Police Department motorcycle officer, Michael Katherman, 34, was killed in a collision June 14th while riding in an industrial area in North San Jose.
Katherman was on patrol riding a department-issued motorcycle northbound on North 10th Street around 4:22 p.m. when it collided with a southbound silver minivan turning left on Horning Street, Garcia said. Katherman was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Scores of officers went to Regional Medical Center of San Jose to hold vigil for their fallen colleague.
The man driving the minivan stayed at the scene after the crash and cooperated with investigators, police said.
The site of the crash is in an industrial area marked by roughly paved streets with overlaid train tracks that create a hazardous crossing from 10th Street to Horning Street. In the aftermath of the collision, the police motorcycle could be seen on its side approximately 250 feet from the collision site.
Katherman, an 11 year veteran of the department, was a resident of San Benito County. He leaves behind a wife and 2 sons, 10-year-old Josh and 8-year-old Jason.