Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 10 years
Badge # 213
Cause: Vehicular assault
Incident Date: 6/21/1972
Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Sergeant Skelton was killed when his patrol car was stuck head on by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver.
On the rainy evening of June 21, 1972, Sergeant Robert Skelton, Jr., was on patrol in the Town of Pittsford. At about 8:30 p.m., Sergeant Skelton was southbound on Clover Street when an intoxicated northbound driver crossed into Sergeant Skelton's lane. Although Sergeant Skelton pulled to the right, he could not avoid the oncoming car. He was taken to the hospital, where he died 30 hours later. The other driver was taken to the hospital in serious condition, but did survive his injuries. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Sergeant Skelton began his career with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in July 1962 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in April 1971.
He was survived by his expectant wife and 3-year-old son.