LATIMORE, Penn. -- Good father, good son, good cop.
These six words became a litany Sunday night as friends described Michael C. Weigand, 25, a part-time sergeant with Latimore Township Police Department and full-time patrolman with Eastern Adams Regional Police Department.
Weigand died Sunday morning when the 2000 Kawasaki police motorcyle he was riding was hit by a Ford F-250 truck during a benefit ride of the Blue Knights to raise money for Latimore Township Park.
The driver of the truck, Earl M. Wright, 43, of 165 Gothier Lane, Grantville, was following another vehicle east on state Route 234 when the vehicle slowed down for a marked police vehicle approaching in the westbound lane. Wright did not see the vehicle slow down, applied the brakes, lost control of the truck and skidded across the road into the westbound lane where it hit Weigand.
Weigand was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sunday evening, fire trucks and marked police vehicles sat outside the home of Weigand's parents as friends and family gathered to support the family and one another. Weigand was the son of Latimore Township Police Chief Michael E. Weigand.
"He had an outstanding reputation in this town," said Latimore Township Supervisor Daniel Worley. "He was an outstanding person, loved by everyone. It is a tremendous loss not only to his family, but to the people who worked with him."
Worley spoke shortly after he and Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Reeber put the township flag at half mast Sunday evening.