February 22nd, 2008
11:20 AM ET
15 years ago

Officer in Clinton's motorcade dies

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/22/art.lozada.cnn.jpg caption="Senior Corporal Victor Lozada-Tirado died in a motorcycle crash Friday."]
(CNN) – An officer involved in Hillary Clinton's motorcade in Dallas, Texas was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday.

Senior Corporal Victor Lozada-Tirado struck a curb and lost control of his motorcycle in the accident, which occurred on the Trinity River Viaduct as Clinton's motorcade made its way through downtown Dallas. He was thrown at least 30-40 feet.

Clinton released a statement saying she is “greatly heartsick over this loss of life in the line of duty.”

“I want to express my deepest condolences to the family and the Dallas police department on this tragic, tragic loss," said Clinton.

She added that she had called the Dallas Police chief, and would call the family at an appropriate time, and was grateful for the police department's service.

"I am certainly grateful for all they do for me and more importantly what they do for the citizens of cities like Dallas,” she said.

Dallas police said Lozada- Tirado has been a member of the department since December of 1988, and had been assigned to the Traffic division since 2003. They also said he was married with four children, two boys and two girls.

There have been two fatal accidents involving motorcycle officers escorting President Bush’s motorcade over the past 18 months.

On August 28, an officer from Rio Rancho, New Mexico died when his motorcycle crashed as the motorcade approached the airport in Albuquerque. The officer, Germaine Casey, was 40. He was the lead motorcycle in the motorcade when the crash occurred.

On November 23, 2006, a Honolulu Police motorcycle officer crashed on wet roads during the President’s motorcade in Hawaii…he died of his injuries a week later. Two other officers injured in the crash were released from the hospital. Steve Favella was 30.

(story updated late Friday afternoon with officer's identity.)

Related video: Clinton sends condolences

–CNN’s Mike Roselli and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report

(story updated 12:00 ET Friday)

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