Brevard County, FL – Indian Harbour Beach Police Department (IHBPD) Officer Madison Merritt died in an off-duty motorcycle crash on Monday morning, according to her department.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said the 24-year-old officer was riding westbound on the Pineda Causeway near Patrick Drive at approximately 2:40 a.m. on Dec. 27 when she lost control of her motorcycle and slammed into a concrete wall, Florida Today reported.
Officer Merritt, who was wearing her helmet, was ejected from the bike during the crash.
Brevard County deputies and paramedics responded to the collision and pronounced Officer Merritt dead at the scene, Florida Today reported.
The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.
“With the family’s permission and with a heavy heart, we are now able to inform the Indian Harbour Beach Community of the tragic passing of one of our own,” the IHBPD said in a Facebook post Monday afternoon.
“Madison was a beloved member of the Indian Harbour Beach Police Department, and the City of the Indian Harbour Beach Community,” the post read. “She truly loved being a Police Officer for the City, and loved helping our citizens. She always had a smile on her face and she will be truly missed. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Officer Merritt’s friend, Racheal Field, said they were like sisters and loved going on motorcycle rides together, WKMG reported.
“It was her way to sort of escape and unwind from the hardships of being an officer,’’ Field explained.
‘’If I had just one more time to speak to her, I would tell her that she’ll never be forgotten,’’ she added. “We loved her and we will always love her forever.”
Officer Merritt’s friends honored her memory with a memorial motorcycle ride Tuesday night, WKMG reported.
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with The Indian Harbour Beach Police Department and The Family of Officer Madison Merritt 😔 pic.twitter.com/gmUsBjWLxL
— Timmy Gibbs (@Timmy_Gibbs73) December 28, 2021
Remembering a police officer who died in a motorcycle crash, how Brevard County bikers will honor Officer Madison Merritt of @IHBPDofficial tonight. Watch @news6wkmg at 5:30 for the emotional story. pic.twitter.com/eMZaiiVLlF
— James Sparvero (@News6James) December 28, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Indian Harbour Beach Police Department Officer Madison Merritt, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.