Trooper Lewis Edward Phillips

Trooper Lewis Edward Phillips

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch Wednesday, April 16, 1975

Lewis Edward Phillips

Trooper Lewis Phillips was killed in an automobile accident near Springville in LaPorte County while responding to assist another trooper who was pursuing a traffic violator.

Trooper Phillips was traveling westbound on U.S. 20 when his patrol car crested a hill and was struck by a semitrailer whose driver was making an illegal U-turn and was blocking all four lanes of the roadway. The truck driver was charged with involuntary manslaughter, disobeying a traffic control device and having an inadequate log book.

Trooper Phillips had served with the Indiana State Police for 11 months, being killed five days before completing his status as a probationary trooper and was assigned to the Dunes Park post. He had previously served as a weighman in the Motor Carrier Division for 11 months. Trooper Phillips was survived by his parents and brother.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years, 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Trooper Phillips,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Indiana. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

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United States Border Patrol

April 16, 2014

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