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August 1, 2014

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Man who aspired to be police officer dies in motorcycle crash

A motorcyclist who had aspirations of joining the police force died in a traffic accident late Thursday night, according to Metro Police.

Jonathan Matthew Ramirez, 21, was riding east on Tropicana Avenue on a Yamaha motorcycle just before midnight when he collided with a Nissan Maxima driven by Valentine Alejandro, 64, who was making a left turn from Edmond Street onto Tropicana Avenue, police said.

Ramirez, who had previously participated in the Metro Police Explorer program, was thrown from his motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.

Ramirez no longer participated in the Explorer program, which teaches young people about law enforcement, because he was too old, Officer Jose Hernandez said.

“What we’ve been told is that (Ramirez) was extremely excited bout becoming a police officer and planned on testing to become officer,” Hernandez said.

This is the second current or former Explorer to die in a motorcycle accident this year.

On Aug. 1, Angel Velasquez died in a hit-and-run crash while riding his motorcycle, police said. Velasquez was a Metro Explorer at the time and also had planned to join the police force.

The death of Ramirez marks the 68th traffic fatality in Metro’s jurisdiction this year.

The accident is still under investigation.

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