Family, Friends Remember Nine-Year Officer after Fatal Off-Duty Crash

Friends and family are remembering a nine-year police officer, Const. Joseph Mellen from Niagara Regional Police, who passed away after a tragic off-duty accident in a head-on crash on Friday morning. Mellen is being remembered as an easy-going person who was passionate about music. Mellen was riding home from work after finishing a 12-hour overnight shift on his motorcycle, when it collided with an oncoming car at approximately 5 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Highway 406 in Welland, Ont. Father of two young children, Joseph Mellen, passed away at the scene.

During a press conference on Friday, Niagara Police Chief Jeff McGuire stated that “the family is even more devastated than his co-workers.” He mentioned that “it’s a very sad time for them. It’s going to be a big loss.” Meanwhile, OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt highlighted that since the circumstances surrounding Mellen’s were unexpected, it will “hit home to every officer dealing with traffic fatalities like this.” He stressed that “it’s very tragic right now.” According to the police, the 24-year-old female driver of the vehicle was airlifted to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the investigation so far, it is believed that the impact of the crash prompted Mellen’s ejection from his motorcycle while the car hit a guard rail and was facing the wrong way. Schmidt alleged that “it appears the vehicles came into contact in a head-on collision” and “the rider of the motorcycle was ejected from the motorcycle, struck the car and sustained fatal injuries.”

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