Officer leading funeral procession dies after collision with hearse

Officer Roy Sims (Source: NKU Department of Public Safety website)
Officer Roy Sims (Source: NKU Department of Public Safety website)

MONTGOMERY, OH (FOX19) - An off-duty NKU police officer leading a funeral procession on a motorcycle was fatally injured Friday after colliding with a hearse.

The accident happened at the entrance to the Gate of Heaven Cemetery on Montgomery Road.

Authorities say Officer Roy Sims, 51, had just cleared the intersection in front of the cemetery. Sims was along side the hearse, when the hearse turned right and hit him, apparently not seeing him.

The accident happened at about 11:30 a.m.

Sims was taken via ambulance to Bethesda North Hospital, where he was first listed in critical condition. Air Care was called to transport him from Bethesda to University Hospital, but crews say he was not in a condition to fly, so Air Care was called off.

"The university community was shocked and saddened at the news of Officer Sims' accident today in Montgomery," said NKU President James Votruba. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this difficult time."

NKU Chief of Police Jason Willis said the tragic accident stunned his department. "This is a sad day for NKU," Chief Willis said. "Today we lost a good a man and an excellent police officer. NKU is very much a family, and we've lost one of our own."

Sims was a retired Covington police officer who came to NKU in December 2009.

Officer Sims died around 3 p.m.

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