Police seek witnesses to crash that killed Cincinnati firefighter

News conference on firefighter death
Jordan Pieniazek (PHOTO: Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48)
Jordan Pieniazek (PHOTO: Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48)
(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Shawn Lanier)
(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Shawn Lanier)
Jordan Pieniazek (PHOTO: Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48)
Jordan Pieniazek (PHOTO: Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48)

WINTON HILLS, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police are seeking witnesses to a crash that claimed the life of a Cincinnati firefighter Sunday.

Jordan Pieniazek, 31, died on his way to work as he rode his motorcycle southbound in the 5100 block of Winton Road, police said.  A Toyota Avalon crossed the center line and hit him head-on about 6:15 a.m.

Impairment does not appear to be a factor, but investigators are looking into whether distracted driving played a role, Cincinnati Police Lt. Bruce Hoffbauer said at a press conference Monday.

The driver of the Toyota, Patric Tucker, has not been cited or arrested at this time. He has been cooperative in the investigation, Hoffbauer said.

Investigators have not found Tucker's cell phone.

"We just can't find it. He didn't have it and we can't find it," said Hoffbauer. "We believe it still may be in the car and we're going to go through the vehicle and make sure it's not hidden somewhere."

Wet roadway conditions could also have contributed to the crash, according to investigators.

"The traffic section is reconstructing the crash. We're looking for any witnesses who may have seen something and did not stop and talk," said Hoffbauer. After that, evidence will then be presented to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.

"It is with heavy heart that we report that Local 48 brother and Cincinnati Fire Fighter, Jordan Pieniazek, was killed in an auto accident this morning while on his way to reporting for duty at the firehouse," Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48 posted on its Facebook page.

"FF Pieniazek began his career with the CFD in 2009. Please keep his family, and the extended Local 48/CFD family, in your thoughts."

Pieniazek leaves behind a wife and three children.

The funeral for Pieniazek is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. at Vineyard Cincinnati.

"He was a really cool individual to work with and to speak with, very calm demeanor," said Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48 President Matt Alter. "He loved the job and he had a zest for life."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Pieniazek's family.

Donations can also be made at any area branch of Kemba Credit Union; just let them know you would like to donate to the FF Jordon Pieniazek Family Fund.

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