Cedar Park officer dies from injuries in motorcycle accident



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Posted on August 19, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 11:45 PM

A Cedar Park police officer has died after an accident.

Officer Leonard Reed, 41, passed away at St. David's Round Rock Medical Center Wednesday evening after suffering massive internal injuries during a motorcycle crash.

Cedar Park Police Chief Henry Fluck says the force is mourning his death.

"This individual rendered outstanding service and protection to our community," Fluck said.  "He always did it with a happy heart.  He was a positive and cheerful officer who gave outstanding service to anyone that needed it."

Reed is a four-year veteran of the department.  He was Cedar Park Officer of the Year in 2008. 

On Wednesday evening, Reed's friends and family gathered at the hospital, embracing and comforting each other at the news of his death. 

Chief Fluck said Reed was recently transferred to the traffic enforcement unit. He was conducting motorcycle training with a senior officer on Arrow Point Drive, just north of RM 1431 in Cedar Park at the time of the crash.
“In the course of his duties at 3:18 this afternoon, he lost control of his motorcycle and hit the curb and apparently the motorcycle went airborne and collided with a utility pole,”  he said.   
Fluck said Reed had a motorcycle license. He was training to be a motorcycle police officer.
DPS will investigate the crash and recreate the accident scene.

Funeral services are pending.

Reed leaves behind a wife and two sons.