Sep 29, 2016

A San Pablo police officer was killed while commuting to work on his motorcycle on westbound Interstate Highway 80 in Vallejo this morning, authorities said.

Officer William Zink, 53, of Dixon, was riding a black Harley-Davidson FLHX between a Nissan Titan and a commercial truck pulling a flatbed trailer about 6:25 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer David Harvey.

At some point the motorcycle collided with the Nissan, ejecting Zink, Harvey said. He was  pronounced dead at the scene.

News of the officer’s death spread quickly online. Some shared a Facebook post by Gonzalo Rucobo, founder of Bay Area Peacekeepers, who described Zink was a well-regarded Helms Middle School student resource officer.

“Please keep his family, SPD, students,school staff and his friends in your prayers,” Rucobo wrote. “We lost a good officer that really cared about the kids and the San Pablo community. And yes the kids are getting grief counseling at the school. It’s so beautiful how the school staff and service providers came together so quick to help the kids.”

Bay City News contributed to this report


  1. The San Pablo officer who was kill in accident. He was a great guy we our truly saddened by his passing. Our hearts goes out to his family.

    San Pablo Cowboys Youth Association | Sep 29th, 2016
  2. May he rest in peace.

    Ezra curry | Sep 30th, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.