Monday, July 26, 2010

Officer severely injured in off-duty car accident that killed his wife

Today is a sad day at the KCPD as one of our officers was critically injured in a car crash, and his wife was killed. The off-duty officer and his wife were headed southbound on Interstate 29 about 7 miles north of St. Joseph, Mo., yesterday, July 25. At about 3:15 a.m., the officer was driving and veered off the east side of the road. Their SUV went airborne, crossed an adjoining road, struck an embankment and overturned once, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol report. The officer’s 26-year-old wife was pronounced dead at the scene. The 25-year-old officer, who has been with KCPD since March 2008, suffered very serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. He underwent surgery and remains in critical condition. The preliminary investigation indicates the officer may have fallen asleep while driving. Both he and his wife were wearing their seat belts. The officer works at the Central Patrol Division.

Please keep this officer, his family and friends, and the loved ones of his wife in your thoughts and prayers. Please also remember this officer’s colleagues. I have said many times that the Kansas City Missouri Police Department is a family, and we all will be mourning and hurting during this time.

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