Retired NJ officer dies from injuries suffered in bike crash

Lt. Joseph Franklin was critically hurt in a bicycle pileup during the Police Unity Tour bike tour

Associated Press

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A retired New Jersey police officer has died following a bicycle crash at an event to raise awareness about law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

Retired Roxbury police Lt. Joseph Franklin had been hospitalized in Morristown after being critically hurt in a bicycle pileup in Far Hills on Monday, the first day of the 320-mile Police Unity Tour bike tour to Washington D.C.

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His family issued a statement Wednesday saying Franklin's organs have been donated to those in need.

Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi said he spoke to Franklin shortly before the crash and Franklin said he was enjoying retirement in North Carolina.

This year's ride has raised nearly $2 million for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum.

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