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Father Of NJ Police Officer Who Died In 2011 Motorcycle Crash Killed The Same Way, 63

Alex Harvilla and his wife, Ellen, hiking in New Hampshire earlier this month.
Alex Harvilla and his wife, Ellen, hiking in New Hampshire earlier this month. Photo Credit: Alex Harvilla Instagram

A 63-year-old motorcyclist from Burlington County was killed in a Route 31 collision with a school bus over the weekend -- just more than nine years after his son died in a motorcycle crash.

Alex Harvilla, of Chesterfield, was heading southbound on a Honda motorcycle when he struck an eastbound Freightliner school bus near milepost 15 around 3:20 p.m. Sunday,  NJSP Trooper Alejandro Goez said.

Harvilla was pronounced dead at the scene. None of the 14 passengers on the school bus nor the 64-year-old driver from Somerville were injured, Goez said.

Harvilla's son, John Harvilla, died at 26 years old in a motorcycle accident on I-95 in August 2011, records show. He was a police officer in Hamilton Township.

Harvilla was remembered as a friendly neighbor and loyal friend. He spent many years as a saxophone player with the "Cop Shoo Bops," in Trenton.

"What a great guy he was," Tom Krawiec wrote on Facebook. "He always had a smile and always had a great musical spirit about him. He was so much fun to be around. I always told him that if I ever started a band, he would be the first person I would invite to be in it."

"Al was a great guy," another person wrote. "We lived half a block apart in the early eighties. He’d come down to my parents’ house Sunday mornings to join us for coffee and bagels. Always with a smile on his face. Rest In Peace Al."

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