Santa Cruz emergency personnel respond to the crash scene on Mission Street at Fair Avenue on Thursday.
(Santa Cruz Police Department)
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Former Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office volunteer dies in Santa Cruz motorcycle crash

Omar Enriquez, 29, a Cabrillo College graduate, ‘was passionate about pursuing a career in law enforcement,’ Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart’s office said on Facebook.

A 29-year-old man who was pursuing a career in law enforcement and who had volunteered for about four years with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office died this week in a motorcycle crash on the Westside in Santa Cruz, authorities said Friday.

Omar Enriquez of Capitola was traveling north on Mission Street near Fair Avenue when he struck the side of a vehicle, lost control and fell off the motorcycle around 4:45 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

He was transported to Dominican Hospital, where he died, Santa Cruz police said.

Omar Enriquez
(Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook)

“Omar volunteered with us for four years at our Live Oak service center from 2015-2019 and volunteered more than 560 hours of his time to serve his community through our office,” Sheriff Jim Hart’s office said in a Facebook post offering condolences to Enriquez’s family. “Omar graduated from Cabrillo College with a Criminal Justice Degree and was passionate about pursuing a career in law enforcement.”

All motorists involved in the crash cooperated with investigators, police said, though their investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information can call (831) 420-5857.

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