A 44-year-old motorcyclist who was killed Thursday afternoon when he crashed Interstate 81 in Lebanon County was a police officer at the State University of New York Plattsburgh.
Robert J. Mesec, of Plattsburgh, New York, was heading south when he crashed around 3:13 p.m. at kilometer 94.8 in Swatara Township, Lebanon County, state police said.
Mesec was driving with other law enforcement officers en route to a motorcycle rally in Virginia, according to a statement from university president Alexander Enyedi.
“Our condolences to all who knew and loved Bob,” said Enyedi. “We will miss him.”
Lt. Mesec joined the New York State University police at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2000 and was promoted to lieutenant in November 2008.
Members of the Plattsburgh Police Union released a statement Friday:
“We mourn with our siblings from the SUNY Plattsburgh University Police Department as they grapple with the tragic and sudden death of Lt. Robert” Bob “Mesec.” “Lieutenant Mesec had kept the students of SUNY Plattsburgh and the streets of the city of Plattsburgh safe for almost 20 years. Lieutenant Mesec was incredibly intelligent, witty, always helpful and above all compassionate.
Mesec, failing to negotiate a right turn on the highway, drifted from the left lane over the yellow fog line to the left shoulder and onto the rough lanes, said the state police. They said Mesec then hit a railing and was thrown from the motorcycle.
State police said Mesec was fatally injured when he hit the railing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and 12 year old daughter, Nora.