Officer Dies Escorting Clinton

Hillary 'devastated' by motorcade crash
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2008 11:45 AM CST
Rescue workers attend to an injured Dallas Police Department motorcycle officer after a accident while escorting Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, in Dallas. There's no word on the...   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – A Dallas police officer escorting Hillary Clinton's motorcade to a rally died today when he lost control of his motorcycle and slammed into a viaduct pillar, the Dallas Morning News reports. The officer, whose name was not being released, was rushed to a nearby hospital but died shortly afterward.

"We are just heartsick at this loss of life in the line of duty," Clinton told a Dallas crowd, before apologizing and saying she couldn't carry on with the rally. She said the tragedy should remind Americans of the sacrifices law enforcement officers make. Campaign aides were suspending Clinton's plans after the rally.