Ironman athlete Brian Kozera died Saturday after a bicycle crash in Pennsylvania, according to TMZ Sports. He was 44 years old.
According to TMZ, the crash report stated Kozera collided with a pickup truck after running a stop sign, was thrown from his bike and caught in the truck's rear wheel.
The Pennsylvania native was also an officer in the Norristown Police Department, which released a statement after his death:
Norristown Police @Norristownpd
Today we recieved tragic news that one of our own, 16 year veteran Cpl. Brian Kozera, has passed away from injuries during an off duty accident. Praying for his family and friends during this difficult time 🖤💙🖤 <a href="https://t.co/R5eL2cb0Wa">pic.twitter.com/R5eL2cb0Wa</a>
"Big loss for our department, for our community," police chief Derrick Woods said, per Fox29. "I got so many emails and text messages from people in the community showing how much he mean to them, how much they'll miss him."
Kozera began training for Ironman competitions after surviving cancer in 2015, as he discussed in his personal blog. He completed his first full Ironman in June 2016 and finished six total 140.6-mile competitions.
He was training for the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii scheduled for October 2022.