Providence police officer killed in motorcycle crash

The mayor of Providence ordered city flags to half-staff Sunday in memory of a veteran police officer who was killed in a motorcycle crash.

Police said 43-year-old John Reposa Jr. was killed Saturday night when his motorcycle collided with a car at the intersection of North Road and Westwind Drive in Jamestown. Reposa was off-duty.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said in a statement that Reposa served in the patrol division, the motorcycle squad, the narcotics bureau and the traffic bureau. Reposa also was a member of the Providence Police Honor Guard and the Police Pipes and Drums Corps.

"He had a big personality and a big heart and was well liked by the community and his fellow officers, who nicknamed him 'All City John' because he was always there to provide backup," Taveras said.

Taveras said Reposa served with distinction and honor.{} Arrangements were pending.

"Officer Reposa will be remembered for going beyond the call of duty last year, when he and a fellow officer safely returned a child who wandered off to her family, and then personally replaced an iPad that the child had lost. His compassion and integrity will never be forgotten," Taveras said.

The driver and only person in the car, Marijke Landon, 44, of North Carolina, was not hurt.

No charges were immediately filed.