Off-duty police officer killed in crash on Gratiot

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A 46-year-old man from Macomb Township was killed in a car-motorcycle crash Monday evening on Gratiot Avenue.
According to a news release from the Chesterfield Township Police Department, Ronnie Karjo was driving southbound on Gratiot Avenue near 21 Mile Road when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a northbound passenger car that was turning to enter a gas station driveway.

The crash, which was reported at 9:43 p.m., happened in the southbound lanes.

Karjo, an off-duty Harper Woods police officer, was taken to McLaren Macomb Hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the car, a 21-year-old Chesterfield Township resident, was treated for minor injuries.

Karjo was with the Harper Woods department for two years, but has been in law enforcement for more than 21 years. He was always willing to share his experience with the department’s younger officers, according to a release from Harper Woods Public Safety Director Jim Burke.

Karjo is survived by his wife, four children and a large extended family, according to the release.

Burke offered condolences to Karjo’s family and thanked the community for its support.

An advisory message from Burke this afternoon indicates that visitation will be 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at E.J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Home, 3801 Eighteen Mile, in Sterling Heights. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church, 45700 Dequindre, in Shelby Township. Shelby Township police will assist with parking at the church, according to the message. It also states burial will be at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery in Troy.

The crash is being investigated by Chesterfield police and Michigan State Police. Persons who might have witnessed the crash are asked to call 586-949-4324.

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer Christina Hall contributed to this report.