Officer critically injured in motorcycle crash on I-10 identified

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Eric Kral and his wife, Denise. By Alicia Barron Eric Kral and his wife, Denise. By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX -- An off-duty Phoenix police officer was rushed to the hospital after a serious motorcycle wreck that closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 for hours Monday morning.

It happened shortly after 8:30 a.m. in the area of 51st Avenue.

The officer, who has been identified as Eric Kral, reportedly was his way to an off-duty job when he crashed. He was rushed by ground ambulance with a police escort to St. Joseph's Hospital.

Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department said Kral, 35, remained in extremely critical condition Tuesday afternoon, and was surrounded by family and friends.

According to investigators, Kral was changing lanes when his motorcycle apparently skidded and rear-ended a box truck. When he went down, he reportedly slid for some distance. Investigators do not believe he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Aerial video from the scene showed the motorcycle on its side in the middle of the roadway. Although the officer was in uniform, the motorcycle appeared to be a personal bike, not a police vehicle.

Kral is a 12-year veteran of the department, currently assigned to the Estrella Mountain Precinct.

DPS is handling the initial investigation but will eventually be turning it over to the Phoenix Police Department.