PHOENIX, Arizona (CBS) — An off-duty Phoenix police officer was killed in a motorcycle crash overnight, police say.

The crash happened around 11 p.m. Monday near Glendale.

Phoenix police have identified the officer killed in the crash as 25-year-old Blake Newman.

Police say that Officer Newman’s motorcycle hit a curb and he lost control of the bike. The officer was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. 

Officer Newman graduated from Clinton High School. His grandfather was a Clinton, Illinois police officer. He was a fifth generation police officer.

While attending Clinton High School, Newman was involved with the band. Everyone we spoke with remembered him as a kind, polite young man with a big heart.

“It’s a great family and it’s a huge loss to this community. I know a lot of kids have been impacted by this,” said family friend Kisha Swartz. “Everybody is saying fond things about Blake, and he’s truly going to be missed in the community.”

Officer Newman began his service with the Phoenix Police Department on June 18, 2018 and was assigned to the patrol in the Maryvale-Estrella Mountain precinct.  He is survived by his parents, extended family and friends.