By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An off-duty Philadelphia police officer was killed after crashing into a tree in Northeast Philadelphia on Saturday morning. Police say 38-year-old Alexis Montanez, a 17-year veteran assigned to the 9th District, died at the scene.

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The accident occurred shortly after 3:30 a.m. on the 2900 block of Holme Avenue.

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Police say Montanez was driving his 2007 Infiniti westbound on Holme Avenue when he lost control of his car and hit a tree.

Montanez sustained internal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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It’s not known how Montanez lost control of his vehicle.