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Pa. Police Chief Killed in Crash With New Motorcycle

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Pa. Police Chief Killed in Crash With New Motorcycle

Officer Down: Chief Doug Shertzer - [Lititz, Pennsylvania]

The Associated Press

Lititz, Pa. (AP) -- A police chief riding a new motorcycle obtained this month through a Harley Davidson promotion died on the bike Tuesday when he and a teenage driver collided.

Chief Doug Shertzer, 45, of Lititz died at a hospital after the crash on Route 741.

A 23-year veteran of the department, he had been its chief for a decade.

Shertzer was returning from Lancaster Harley Davidson, where he had gone to pick up sun visors and have some bolts replaced.

The other driver, 18-year-old June Lee, turned her car in front of Shertzer at an intersection, East Hempfield Township police said. She was not injured, and no charges have been filed.

The department bought the motorcycle for $1 as part of a Harley Davidson offer to police departments across the county, Lititz Mayor Russell Pettyjohn said. He said the chief was a long-time motorcycle enthusiast who attended a police training course for riders in Reading last week.

Shertzer is survived by a wife, son and daughter.

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