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07-09-09, 06:15 AM #1
off duty struck and killed while riding bike
An off duty NY Trooper was struck and killed while riding his bike on July 3rd. The area where the collision occurred is rural and there is a wide shoulder. Damage shows that the driver struck him with the front center of the vehicle. It is a 40 mph zone. The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and police are investigating if it was due to unsafe speed or if the driver was talking on his cellphone at the time of the collision.
Photos are available on the news websites.
Off-duty NY State Trooper John Gorke was the cyclist killed in Pompey crash - syracuse.com
Veteran state trooper killed in Pompey car-bicycle crash - NewsChannel 9 WSYR
Veteran state trooper killed in Pompey car-bicycle crash
Last Update: 7/04 2:14 am
Pompey (WSYR-TV) – An off-duty state trooper was killed Friday morning after a car struck him as he was bicycling along Route 20 in the Town of Pompey.
John Gorke, 47, of Manlius was struck and killed by a vehicle heading westbound on Route 20 shortly after 8:30am Friday. The incident happened approximately 100 yards east of Pompey Center Road.
Gorke was a 19-year veteran of the state police force.
State Police say Gorke was off-duty at the time; he was travelling with a second bicyclist, getting some exercise before his shift started later in the day. Gorke was heading westbound on the shoulder of Route 20, when police say a vehicle veered off onto the shoulder of the road and struck Gorke when the driver tried to get back on the road.
Police say the driver of that vehicle, Charles Brewer, 20, had passed the first bicyclist, who had been traveling approximately 50 yards behind Gorke. Police say it is not clear why Brewer veered off the roadway onto the shoulder of the road.
It is not clear yet whether speed was a factor in the crash. Police are also looking into whether Brewer was on his cell phone around the time of the crash.
Gorke was pronounced dead just after 9:00 a.m.
“It’s always difficult to investigate the death of any individual,” says Capt. Jeff Raub with the New York State Police. “When it’s one of our own, it’s just amplified, and it becomes increasingly hard to deal with the emotional aspect of looking at one of your colleagues who has just passed away.”
Investigators say Brewer was returning to his Steuben County home from Morrisville, where he works as a counselor.
No tickets were immediately issued.
Both bicyclists had proper gear on, including helmets, which is not required by New York State law.
Gorke was a 19-year veteran with the New York State Police, assigned to the State Thruway – Syracuse barracks. He was a member of the marine unit.
Gorke leaves behind a wife and three children.
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07-09-09, 06:17 AM #2
Rest in peace.
07-09-09, 06:20 AM #3
Rest well and thank you Trooper John Gorke
07-09-09, 06:58 AM #4
Rest in peace , Trooper Gorke. Thank you for your long service to the state of New York. Condolences to family , friends and colleagues.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
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07-09-09, 11:07 AM #5
07-09-09, 11:27 AM #6
Rest in peace.
07-09-09, 02:30 PM #7
My Condolences to his family and friends, May He Rest in Peace
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07-09-09, 02:49 PM #8
This is very sad to read. As an avid bicyclist myself, I know the danger of riding in the road. I stopped many years ago and ride primarily bike paths now. May Trooper Gorke rest peacefully and may his brother troopers and his family remember the good times.As today's police officers you are not unlike your counterparts of years past. You are an elite group of select members, a brotherhood of highly trained professionals, who are called upon to protect your community in a time of need. Guardians for safety. Being a police officer is not for the faint of heart. You must be honest, trustworthy and fearless in the face of evil. You are being watched everyday. Represent yourself, your department and the shield, for it should always be the embodiment of all that is good and justly. You are the thin blue line. Be proud, be tough and be safe.
07-09-09, 10:40 PM #9
As a bicyclist by necessity, I am interested in how this turns out for the driver of the car. Speed or cellphone usage. Inattentiveness? Inexperienced, for sure. I hope he can live with himself.
My condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the fallen.
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07-10-09, 02:13 AM #10
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