SPARTANBURG, SC April 14 2017
Spartanburg Coroner Rusty Clevenger announced Thursday that a Spartanburg motorcycle officer passed away after suffering severe injuries in a collision with another vehicle on Tuesday night.
The collision occurred on Union Street around 9:45 p.m. Troopers said Spartanburg Police Officer Jason Gregory Harris was traveling east on Union Street on a 2011 Kawasaki motorcycle when it struck a 2004 Ford turning onto a private driveway.
The motorcycle officer had lights activated and was wearing a helmet, police said. The 39-year-old officer was transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
The driver of the Ford, a 20-year-old female, was also injured and transported to Spartanburg Regional. She was wearing a seat belt.
The SC Highway Patrol's MAIT Team was called in to recreate the crash and aid in the investigation. Troopers said charges are pending.
"We, the members of the Spartanburg Police Department are all saddened by the very serious accident involving a member of our team," said Chief Alonzo Thompson. "We ask for your prayers for the officer, his family and his colleagues."
On Thursday evening, Clevenger announced that Harris had passed away from injuries sustained in the Tuesday crash. His office has yet to make a ruling on his cause and manner of death.
Officer Harris was married and has two children, according to his colleagues. He served with the department for more than 10 years and was a member of the SWAT team.
Several Spartanburg police officers gathered at Spartanburg Regional to visit Harris late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.