Montgomery County, NC -- A Southern Pines police officer, and 27-year veteran, died Saturday in a motorcycle accident, according to the police department.
Stanley L. Klingenschmidt was leading a group of motorcycle riders during a benefit ride to raise money for the Special Olympics of North Carolina at the time of the accident.
The ride started at the Pinehurst Police Department at 10 a.m. Police say Klingenschmidt lost control and wrecked his motorcycle an hour later in Montgomery County.
"Each of us at the Southern Pines Police Department not only grieves at the passing of a tremendous individual but also the loss his family suffers," a department representative said on a special Facebook page honoring Klingenschmidt.
Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.
Southern Pines Police Department