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Off-Duty Police Officer Killed in Dravosburg Crash

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
September 04, 2016
Posted in: Crime and Police News

Friends and colleagues of a Duquesne police officer who died in a motorcycle crash Saturday night in Dravosburg are setting up a memorial fund for his son.

Duquesne police Officer Robert Gogo Jr., 40, was pronounced dead at the emergency room of UPMC McKeesport hospital about an hour after the crash, said a spokeswoman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

Allegheny County police said Gogo was off-duty and was traveling south on Richland Avenue on his motorcycle, toward the Mansfield Bridge, when the bike collided with a car headed northbound, toward Dravosburg Hill.

The county police accident reconstruction unit said the accident is still under investigation, but in a statement released to the press, police said it appeared that Gogo's motorcycle crossed the center line and collided head-on with the car.

Gogo was not wearing a helmet, county police said. The medical examiner said that Gogo died of traumatic head injuries sustained in the crash and that his death has been ruled accidental.

Neither the identity nor the condition of the other driver were released by police.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this collision, county police said.

Police in North Versailles Twp., where Gogo had served as a volunteer firefighter, announced on their Facebook page on Sunday that a memorial fund is being established at United Community Federal Credit Union in Wilmerding.

Donations may be dropped off with the dispatcher at the North Versailles Twp. police department, 1401 Greensburg Ave., just off Route 30, and should be marked "Robert Gogo." The police dispatch center is open 24 hours.

Gogo was the son of Robert L. and Cheryl Pearce Gogo of North Versailles Twp. He had been a full-time police officer for Duquesne since 2005, as well as a part-time police officer in East McKeesport, and had been a firefighter and EMT with the former Sunset Central Volunteer Fire Department in North Versailles.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son; Robert Lee Gogo, III, and his son’s mother, Jamie Dinkfelt with whom he resided, sisters; Jennifer Martino of White Oak, and her husband, Rick; Erin Carr of North Huntingdon Twp., and her husband Tony, and nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will be received at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with a Fraternal Order of Police prayer service to be held at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Christ the Light of the World Church with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Burial will follow.

Originally published September 04, 2016.

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