NSW off-duty cop dead in bike, ute crash
An off-duty police officer killed when a ute allegedly hit his motorbike in Sydney was a young man "on the journey of his life."
Constable Aaron Vidal, 28, died on Thursday after he was struck by a ute in Rouse Hill while travelling home from work.
Police have alleged in court 37-year-old Tommy Balla drove the ute through a red light at an intersection.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said Const Vidal had been recognised within the force for his commitment to protecting the community.
"On two occasions, he had been formally recognised for good police work by members of the community, which shows that he was held in high regard by not only his peers, but the community he served," Mr Fuller said in the statement on Friday.
Police Deputy Commissioner Jeff Loy said Const Vidal worked alongside his father David, a duty officer, at the Day Street Police Station in Sydney's CBD.
Const Vidal had been confirmed as a constable in December 2018 and was attached to the force's "proactive crime team".
He was engaged to be married.
"He was a man of service - he was a member of the armed forces before he joined the police force and really, a 28-year-old young man on the journey of life," Mr Loy said.
"Police deal with tragedy and trauma but when we lose a young officer in really such a wasteful way in some respects ... it really hits us in the heart."
Police Minister David Elliot said Mr Vidal's passing has left a significant mark on the police community.
"Mr Vidal was a dearly valued and loved member of the Sydney City Police Area Command since graduating in 2017, and worked alongside his father, Chief Inspector David Vidal," Mr Elliot said in a statement.
"Both had previously served in the Australian Army and, as proud veterans, continued to serve the community as members of the NSW Police Force."
Balla appeared in Blacktown Local Court on Friday on charges of dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.
He was granted conditional bail preventing him from driving a motor vehicle and is due to appear before Blacktown Local Court on August 14.