A police officer identified as William Kenneth Zink of the San Pablo Police Department died in a motorcycle accident in late September. Officer Zink was a resident of Dixon, and the California Highway Patrol has confirmed that he was on his way to work when he tragically lost his life.
The motorcycle accident occurred on the westbound lanes of the I-80 freeway near Vallejo. Officer Zink, who was in his early 50s when he died, was riding his beloved Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide, a touring motorcycle that is a favorite of California riders who enjoy going on long, scenic trips.
According to various news reports, the motorcycle accident happened right before 6:30 in the morning. Officer Zink was traveling in a center lane between a Nissan Titan pick-up truck and a larger flatbed trailer when he struck the lighter vehicle and was ejected from his Harley Davidson. He suffered multiple trauma as he was hit by the freight truck in the other lane.
Paramedics from Redwood Park who responded to the scene declared a fatal motorcycle accident as the cause of death. These situations are often investigated by civil attorneys who specialize in motorcycle accident cases, but it is not known if that is taking place at this moment.
The San Pablo Police Employees Association have created a charity fund to benefit the surviving relatives of Officer Zink, who was the primary breadwinner in his family. Officer Zink was getting ready for retirement after spending several years with the United States Coast Guard and various police departments in the Bay Area.
Officer Zink’s law enforcement career started soon after his discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard. He joined El Cerrito Police Department in 2001, where he served a few years before transferring to the San Pablo Police Department in 2007. While serving as a policeman in San Pablo, Officer Zink was assigned to numerous departments, including: Investigations, Bike Patrol, West Contra Costa Narcotic Enforcement, and School Resources.
The last post held by Officer Zink would be his favorite; he was a School Resources Officer at Helms Middle in San Pablo. Students and staff members at the school loved his reassuring presence on campus, and they are reportedly undergoing grief counseling sessions to cope with the loss of their favorite law enforcement officer.