Off-Duty Trooper Killed
An off duty Pennsylvania State Trooper who worked out of the Hazleton
Barracks was killed Wednesday night while riding his motorcycle near
Bloomsburg, Columbia County. Investigators say
**it was a low speed crash that took the life of 27 year old Royce
Engler Jr. around 8:30 Wednesday night.
Engler was not wearing a helmet when he was forced to lay his motorcycle
down around a turn on the ramp to southbound Route 42 from Route 11.
Engler was traveling with friends. One was also forced to lay his cycle
down after Engler crashed. No one else was hurt.
According to reports, Engler only had his bike for a few weeks and he
had just left a restaurant with his friends.
**It was a somber day at The Hazleton State Police barracks where Engler
was stationed. Engler became a Trooper in 2008 and came to Hazleton last
Engler comes from a Law Enforcement family.
His father is a Police Chief in Luzerne County.***
*Police Officers and fellow Troopers are mourning the loss of their
brother in law enforcement.
Today, News 13 stopped by the West Hazleton Police Station where
officers draped their badges in black mourning bands. The West Hazleton
Police Officers knew Trooper Engler from working with him during his
time as a trooper in the area.They, along with so many other Police
officers, are deeply saddened to hear of this tragedy.