Hero Down: Soledad Police Corporal Kevin McArthur Killed In Motorcycle Crash

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Soledad Police Corporal Kevin McArthur was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash on Feb. 23.

San Jose, CA – Soledad Police Department (SPD) Corporal Kevin McArthur died in an off-duty motorcycle crash early Sunday morning.

The 33-year-old corporal was riding his Yamaha motorcycle on the connecting ramp between southbound Highway 87 and southbound Highway 85 at approximately 3 a.m. on Feb. 23 when he suddenly veered to the right and slammed into a concrete wall, the Los Gatos Patch reported.

The force of the impact launched Cpl. McArthur over the wall and into a field approximately 100 feet below.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cpl. McArthur, a six-year veteran-of-the-force, was also a sergeant in the California Army National Guard Reserve, Soledad Police Chief Damon Wasson told the Los Gatos Patch.

He was named as the SPD’s Officer of the Year two years in a row, the SPD said in a Facebook post in 2018.

Prior to his career in law enforcement, Cpl. McArthur served as a combat medic during two tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Soledad Bee reported.

He was also a member of the prestigious Army Honor Guard and took part in over 700 military funeral ceremonies.

“I want to take this opportunity to extend my deepest condolences and prayers to his family and friends during this painful and difficult time,” Soledad City Manager Michael McHatten told KION.

“Soledad is a small, tight-knit community where we truly care about each other. In these moments, it is so important that we came together to show one another support,” McHatten said.

Cpl. McArthur is survived by his parents, according to KSBW.

He will be laid to rest during a private family ceremony in March, Chief Wasson told the Los Gatos Patch.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Soledad Police Department Corporal Kevin McArthur, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (7)

RIP Cpl. McArthur. Your life mattered.

No. 1-5

Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Brother...

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I always wince when I see pictures, or videos, of large police motorcycle processions because I know that some of those officers will end up dying in horrible motorcycle accidents.


RIP, Deepest Condolences

Ranger Spike 1-75
Ranger Spike 1-75

Kevin and I worked in low income (Section Eight), for Personal Protective Services (PPS), in the May 2008-June 2009 time period.

He stood out amongst the others with his academy background, his neatness of dress, his professionalism and encyclopedic knowledge and awareness of the law, codes, and tactics.

We worked multiple shifts together, and encountered more than a few hair raising moments confronting gang members of Oakdale Mob.

It was my good fortune to see Kevin, in mid October, after he completed a drill at Los Alamitos, with his National Guard unit.

We met at Pho Ga, in “Little Saigon,” and I treated him to his first Vietnamese dinner, which he enjoyed.

It was good to see him, and it truly saddens me to learn of his passing. He will be missed, he will be...remembered.

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