Hopkins Police officer Kevin J. Hegyi of Rogers was killed when a vehicle struck him while he was riding bicycle Aug. 4 in Rogers. Photo by Elaine Goepfert)

An off-duty Hopkins Police Officer and Rogers resident, Kevin J. Heygi, was killed while bicycling in Rogers Sunday, Aug. 4.

According to Rogers Police, officers responded to a serious motor vehicle vs. bicyclist crash at approximately 12:14 a.m., in the 22600 block of Industrial Blvd.

A caller reported to 911 that a bicyclist was hit by a car at this location, and was unconscious. First responders attempted life-saving measures on the bicyclist, but he was declared deceased by medical professionals at the scene at approximately 1:02 a.m.

Preliminary investigation revealed that both the bicyclist and the vehicle were travelling in the westbound lane of Industrial Blvd. at the time of the crash.

“The driver of the vehicle is an adult female, and will not be identified at this time pending completion of our investigation,” Rogers Police said in a press release. “Investigators from the Rogers Police Department, with the assistance of the Minnesota State Patrol and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, are working diligently to piece together the chain of events that led up to the crash. The driver of the vehicle remains cooperative in our investigation.”

Rogers Police continued, “ Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Hegyi family, and the Hopkins Police Department, for their irreplaceable loss. Our thoughts and condolences also go out to the driver’s family during this difficult time. The Rogers Police Department remains committed to providing an impartial, thorough, and professional investigation into this fatality crash, which has deeply affected our community.”

Rogers Police also said this case is open and active, and to preserve the integrity of the investigation, no further details will be provided at this time. “More details will be released when the case status changes.”

The investigation is being conducted by the Minnesota State Patrol and the Rogers Police Department.

The Hopkins Police Department conducted a press conference Monday afternoon in which Chief Brent Johnson said the department and community is grieving over Hegyi’s tragic death. Johnson also described Hegyi as having a passion for law enforcement and being very well-respected in the law enforcement community.

Hegyi was a husband and father of three children and was heavily involved in the Rogers community.

His funeral will be Friday. A lengthy procession of law enforcement vehicles is expected at the service.

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