Reserve officer killed in Niles motorcycle crash

Southwest Michigan
Kenny Ray

An undated courtesy photo of reserve Sgt. Kenny Ray. (Niles Police Department)

NILES, Mich. (WOOD) — Niles police say one of their own was killed when he tried to avoid hitting a cat with his motorcycle and crashed.

Reserve Sgt. Kenny Ray died at the scene of the crash, which happened around 6:50 p.m. Sunday at 17th Street near Broadway in Niles, near the Indiana border.

Niles police say Ray, 44, tried to avoid a cat that ran across the road in front of him, but lost control of his motorcycle, which tipped to its side.

The 44-year-old woman riding with Ray was taken to a hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released.

Police say Ray and the woman were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Ray had been with the the Niles force for 24 years.

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