• Off-duty Ocala police officer killed in single-vehicle motorcycle crash

    By: Sarah Wilson


    OCALA, Fla. - An off-duty Ocala police officer fatally injured Thursday night when he was thrown from his motorcycle during a single-vehicle crash, the police department confirmed.

    A report from the Florida Highway Patrol said Daniel Wagner, 43, was driving a white Harley-Davidson motorcycle along Southwest 95th Street Road in Marion County when the bike veered across a grassy median while rotating before falling on its side. 

    Troopers said Wagner was thrown from the bike and died after being transported to the hospital.

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    The FHP report said it is unknown whether Wagner was wearing a helmet, and that it is pending whether alcohol was involved in the crash.

    The Ocala Police Department confirmed in a Facebook post Friday morning that Wagner was an officer with the department.

    "It is with great sadness today we say that one of our officers was killed last night in a single vehicle traffic accident," the department posted. "Our hearts are heavy as we come together in remembrance of the kindness and professionalism of Officer Wagner."

    This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates.

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