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NY Trooper Hit and Killed While Issuing Ticket

NY Trooper Hit and Killed While Issuing Ticket

Associated Press

March 27, 2011

TONAWANDA, N.Y. — A trooper who was writing a speeding ticket on an interstate highway was struck and killed Saturday by a passing motorist, state police said.

Trooper Kevin Dobson, 43, was pronounced dead at a hospital soon after the 7:30 a.m. accident on Interstate 290 in Tonawanda, near Buffalo, said Deputy State Police Superintendent Thomas Fazio.

The 71-year-old driver of the pickup truck that hit Dobson stopped and was cooperating with police, Fazio said. He said there was no arrest, but the results of an investigation would be forwarded to the district attorney’s office.

New York has a new law that requires drivers to slow down and change lanes if possible when approaching an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. Troopers said at an afternoon news conference that enforcing that law had been among Dobson’s duties.

“Maybe the public will think of him the next time” they come upon such a situation, said Major Christopher Cummings.

Police, however, said it was not clear that the pickup driver had violated the new law, because he was entering the highway from a single-lane ramp.

Regardless, Fazio said, “I’m sure that he’s not feeling well about this situation.”

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Fazio said an accident reconstruction team would look into the driver’s actions and the trooper’s.

Dobson was a 14-year veteran of the state police who was stationed at the Clarence barracks. He had three children, aged 4 to 16.

Police said Dobson’s father was a retired Erie County deputy sheriff.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued condolences, saying Dobson had risked his life every day. He ordered flags on state buildings to be flown at half-staff.

—Copyright 2011 Associated Press


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    Roblewis

    about 3 years ago

    7802 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    gman3858

    about 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother.

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    martysmith204

    about 3 years ago

    16 Comments

    Rest in peace brother! My thoughts and prayers go out to the Family and friends.

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    bluebrother

    about 3 years ago

    768 Comments

    God speed to your family, rest in the arms of God Trooper Dobson. A sad case, the senior citizen will live with this the remaining of his days also. A sad scenerio all the way around.

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    RF_SECURITAS

    about 3 years ago

    78 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Dobson and heartfelt condolences to your family.

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    SgtJoe1350

    about 3 years ago

    24496 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother!!

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    JCastelot

    about 3 years ago

    228 Comments

    Rest in Peace Trooper

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    Bryan33

    about 3 years ago

    206 Comments

    rest in peace,prayers for you and your family and co workers.

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    michaelem54

    about 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    Rest In Peace

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    LisaKaffenberger

    about 3 years ago

    88 Comments

    RIP Trooper Dobson. My prayers are with your family and co-workers.

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    Inxorte

    about 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    MP247

    about 3 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Trooper Dobson

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    rolhoselay

    about 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    thats very sad their is a move over law

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    ksphatcop

    about 3 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    queendiva

    about 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    RI.P. Officer Dobson. Let's remember that there are mistakes that are made some which are fatal. We do not know if he was rubber- necking nor do we know if there should be swift and hard repercussions. Let's not judge prematurely. Again, I am sorry for the immediate and extended L.E. Family of this officer. Please try to keep your heads up.

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