Family and friends of retired CHP officer killed in motorcycle crash hoping public can ID vehicle of interest

Local News

Jimmie Crosswhite a 77-year-old Clovis resident died August 5 after being thrown from his bike on Olive Street near Angus.

Police said they are treating this as a possible “non-contact collision” and are asking for help locating a vehicle of interest in the case. They said they’re not sure what it’s involvement is but said it was caught on surveillance around the time of the crash and believe the occupants might know something.

Crosswhite’s neighbor and close friend Jerry Philipp said his death is a big blow to the community.

“Just total shock. I’d visited with him the night before. He was over there with his bike,” he said.

Crosswhite’s wife of 30 years, Judy, was also coming to terms with the loss. The pain was too fresh to talk on camera, but shared his legacy through a memorial she set up in their home.

She said he was a former Marine stationed in Hawaii, then spent nearly 25 years with the California Highway Patrol. He moved through the ranks in Malibu, and Visalia before retiring as a sergeant in Fresno.

His life of service continued until the end.

“He would help you no matter what. He was always there to help and give you assistance if you need it,” Philipp said

Detectives are now looking for the vehicle caught on camera and hope it sheds some light on what happened. They described it as a gray or black 2016 to 2019 Toyota Tacoma with a roof rack and bed cover. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Robert Cegielski at (559) 621-5064 or Detective Andrew Rochin at (559) 621-5065.

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