Central Point police officer Willie Mott makes a call on his radio in this file photo from March . He was killed, along with his sister, Cordie Robinson, in a vehicle crash after losing control during icy conditions. 2007

Local police officer dies in I-5 crash

A Central Point police officer and his sister died in a car crash in Northern California Friday morning.

William "Willie" Mott, 33, of Central Point, was driving southbound on Interstate 5 in Yreka, Calif., at about 7:30 a.m. Friday when he lost control of his 2004 Dodge pick-up truck on the icy highway, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.

His sister, Cordie Robinson, 31, of Spring Creek, Nev., was a passenger and also died. Both were wearing seat belts.

Mott was off-duty at the time of the crash. The department has posted a photo and information at online.

"Officer Mott touched many lives, he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time," reads a statement on the Web site.

According to the CHP report, Mott lost control due to icy conditions and his truck traveled across the median to the northbound lanes on I-5 and into the path of a tractor-trailer. The impact sent the tractor-trailer off the road, down an embankment, across the south Yreka off-ramp, into the roadway and struck another vehicle. Those drivers sustained no injuries.

Mott started his career with the Central Point Police Department in 2003. Prior to that, he was a community service officer with the Medford Police Department. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

Officer Shawn Vollrath of the Medford Police Department said he knew Mott since he was 12 or 13 years old and the two grew up in Medford. He said Mott served in the U.S. Army as a bomb disposal expert.

Vollrath said he started work with the Central Point police before Mott and was glad to have a childhood friend join him on the force.

"He was one of the most well-rounded cops you'll ever meet," said Vollrath. "I don't think he had a mean bone in his body. You can sit there and say that about people, but in this case it is true."

Vollrath said Mott was a family man and the Rogue Valley has lost a good cop.

The Central Point Police Athletic Association has started a fund in Mott's name to help the family. Donations can be brought to the Central Point Police Department in care of Officer Dan Brown, or they may be dropped off at the Central Point Branch of the US Bank on East Pine Street.

Reach reporter Meg Landers at 776-4481 or e-mail

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