LYNN (CBS) – An off-duty Chelsea police officer was killed Thursday night in a Lynn crash involving two motorcycles.
Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes said Officer John Bruttaniti, 41, died following a crash on the Lynnway.READ MORE: New Hampshire's Deerfield Fair Returning For 2021 After Year Hiatus
Massachusetts State Police said Bruttaniti was driving his 2014 FLHXS motorcycle when he lost control for unknown reasons.
Bruttaniti then struck a second motorcycle, which was being driven by a 25-year-old Lynn man. After hitting the second motorcycle, Bruttaniti crashed into a utility pole and was declared dead at the scene.
The driver of the second motorcycle, a 2005 Honda CRF450, was transported to Lynn Union Hospital.READ MORE: Massachusetts, New Hampshire Now Ranked Among 'Safest States During COVID' Thanks To High Vaccination Rate
Kyes said Bruttaniti was riding home when the accident happened around 10:20 p.m.
“He was an incredible police officer and an absolute gentlemen and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him,” Kyes said in a statement Friday. “Suffice to say that we as a community are devastated by his loss but take some comfort that he is now at peace at eternal rest.”
Prior to becoming a police officer, Bruttaniti served as a Chelsea firefighter from 2005 to 2008.MORE NEWS: NH Nurse Surprised With Diploma After Finishing Studies While Working COVID Frontlines
In June 2015, Bruttaniti received the Chelsea Police Department’s Life Saving Medal for rescuing a toddler who was choking on a penny.