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N.M. patrolman dies in motorcycle accident

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ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — A state police officer died after losing control of his state issued motorcycle and colliding with a parked tractor-trailer, state police said early Thursday.

The accident involving officer Christopher Mirabal happened just before 7 p.m. Wednesday. He was pronounced dead at Gerald Champion Hospital less than an hour later.

State police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Tingwall said Mirabal lost control of his motorcycle after hitting the curb on the right side of the road, which sent the bike skidding across the road and into the parked truck.

Mirabal had been a member of the state police motorcycle unit since July 2004. He graduated from the state police academy in December 1998.

Mirabal is survived by his wife, Nicole Mirabal; his 9-year-old daughter, Kennedie Mirabal; and his 4-year-old son, Nathan Mirabal.

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