West Palm Beach
Jupiter Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent was killed after a truck struck his motorcycle while St. Laurent was assisting with President Barack Obama’s motorcade.
The Jupiter Police Department issued the following statement regarding the accident:
At approximately 4:40 p.m., today Officer Bruce St. Laurent of the Jupiter Police Department
was involved in a motor vehicle accident during the Presidential motorcade at 45th Street and I-95. Officer St. Laurent was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Officer St. Laurent was a 20-year veteran of the Jupiter Police Department; 18 of those years as a motorcycle officer. President Obama was made aware of the situation. The investigation continues and updates will follow as they become available.
President Obama was in West Palm Beach on Sunday afternoon for a campaign event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. White House spokesman Jay Carney notified reporters of the accident after Air Force One landed in Washington according to CNN. Carney also told reporters the president's thoughts and prayers are with the officer's family.
St. Laurent was a 20 year veteran with the Jupiter Police Department, and had been a motorcycle officer for the last 18 years. The Palm Beach Reporter says fellow officers remember St. Laurent as being a generous man who often played Santa Claus for the local Head Start program.
Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow stated the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Florida Highway Patrol are investigating the accident. They are also getting assistance from the Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach police departments. West Palm Beach Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Therese Barbera said although the investigation is still in the very early stages, the crash is being investigated as a vehicular homicide.