Officer dies after striking hearse while on motorcycle in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, Ohio - An off-duty Northern Kentucky University police officer has died after colliding with a hearse while operating a motorcycle in Montgomery Friday morning.

Officer Roy Sims, 51, was escorting a funeral procession on a motorcycle around 11:30 a.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, located at 11000 Montgomery Road, when the officer struck the hearse.

Sims was originally going to be flown to University Hospital by a medical helicopter, but was transported by ground to Bethesda North Hospital, according to police. He was pronounced dead around 3 p.m. Police say Sims was alert and talking to rescue workers immediately after the accident.

Sims worked for NKU for about a year after retiring from the Covington Police Department.

"The university community was shocked and saddened at the news of Officer Sims' accident today in Montgomery," said NKU President James Votruba. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this difficult time."

NKU Chief of Police Jason Willis said the tragic accident stunned his department. "This is a sad day for NKU," Chief Willis said. "Today we lost a good a man and an excellent police officer. NKU is very much a family, and we've lost one of our own."

Details about the driver of the hearse have not been released.

The incident remains under investigation.

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