Updated: Thursday 12:25 p.m.
The man killed in a motorcycle crash in Burlingame on Wednesday was an off-duty San Mateo County sheriff's deputy.
The sheriff's office confirmed today that Erik Mertl, 51, was riding a motorcycle through the intersection of El Camino Real and Bellevue Avenue when he collided with a car at about 12:15 p.m.
Burlingame police Capt. Mike Matteucci said Mertl was taken to Stanford Hospital, where he later died.
The driver of the car, a 64-year-old San Carlos woman, was not injured in the crash. She was not arrested or cited.
According to the San Mateo County Sheiff's Office, Deputy Mertl joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2005 as a lateral hire with 19 years of service at the Millbrae Police Department. While at the Sheriff’s Office, he worked various assignments until his current position in patrol.
A statement released by the sheriff's office Thursday read: "Deputy Mertl leaves behind many friends and family, including a wife and twelve year old son. Though we will continue to diligently protect our community, today and for the foreseeable future, we will do so with a heavy heart."
Funeral arrangements and further information will be provided as it becomes available.
The crash remains under investigation by Burlingame police.
Anyone who might have witnessed the incident is asked to contact
the Police Department at (650) 777-4100.
[Bay City News Service contributed to this story.]
Original story: Thursday 6:00 a.m.
By Bay City News Service
A Burlingame man was killed while riding a motorcycle in Burlingame Wednesday afternoon, according to police.
The 51-year-old motorcyclist was riding at 12:15 p.m. at the intersection of El Camino Real and Bellevue Avenue when his bike collided with a car.
The man was taken to Stanford Hospital but died from his injuries.
The driver of the car, a 64-year-old woman from San Carlos, was not injured in the collision.
Burlingame police are asking anyone with information about the
collision to call police at (650) 777-4100.
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