ALBUQUERQUE, Aug. 27 (UPI) --
A motorcycle police officer died Monday when he crashed while riding near the front of President George Bush's motorcade in New Mexico.
Rio Rancho Police Officer Germaine Casey's motorcycle apparently hit a curb and then a tree. The president saw the fatal wreck as he drove past on his way to the Albuquerque airport, The New Mexican reported.
Casey, 40, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, the newspaper said.
Bush, who was in New Mexico for a fundraiser for Sen. Pete Domenici, "called to give his condolences to our officer's family and to our department," said Officer John Francis, a department spokesman.
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