Michigan State Police identify trooper killed in crash on state's west side

Trooper Timothy O'Neill, 28, was set to be married in October

Michigan State Police trooper Timothy O'Neill was killed in a crash on Sept. 20, 2017 in Plainfield Township. (WDIV and WOODTV)

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Michigan State Police trooper died Wednesday after a motorcycle crash in Plainfield Township.

The crash happened at about 7:45 a.m. near the intersection of Wolverine Boulevard and Belding Road. Michigan State Police have identified the trooper as 28-year-old Timothy O'Neill of the Rockford Post. 

"It is with a very heavy heart that I confirm the death of one of our own, Tpr. Timothy O’Neill,” Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of Michigan State Police, said in a statement. "I ask that you please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead."

State police said O'Neill was on patrol with his department motorcycle about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday when he was involved in a crash near the intersection of Wolverine Boulevard and Belding Road in Plainfield Township. No one else was injured, and the cause of crash remains under investigation, state police said. 

O'Neill enlisted with Michigan State Police in January 2014 and has served at the Rockford Post his entire career. 

He is survived by his mother, father, brother, sister and fiancé. He was set to be married on Oct. 7, 2017.

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