KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Law enforcement rallies for one of their own as a Kansas City officer remains in critical condition. The officer was off-duty when his motorcycle crashed on I-435 near the Triangle Thursday morning at about 4 a.m.
KCPD has not released his name. People in the community don’t have a lot of information, but say they know enough to rally around the officer.
According to the accident report, the officer was driving his motorcycle eastbound on I-435 towards the split at 71 highway and northbound I-435 when he left the roadway, hit a highway sign and a pole. The officer was thrown off his motorcycle and sources tell FOX 4 he was in a ditch for several hours before he was found and was rushed to the hospital.
Mayor Sly James went to the hospital Thursday to visit the officer, but says because he’s in such critical condition, only family members were allowed in the room. The mayor says the hospital’s hallway was filled with not only officers, but firefighters and EMTs.
“I think that's important to relay that message whether it's a police officer, fireman or a guy that works on your vehicle. At the end of the day, we do it here because he is a member of a discreet family. The Kansas City family. We need to remember to always stick together,” Mayor James said.
The mayor announced the news about the crash at a City Council meeting, asking for council members and the rest of the community to keep this officer in your hearts.
"I will tell you that there were a ton of police officers, ton of firefighters, ton of medics and EMTs were all there giving support," said the mayor. "It was one of those things that happens when someone in your family is hurt, and he's in our family."