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

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 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

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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