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Sergeant Robert M. Monroe County Sheriff's Office, New York

Sergeant

Robert M. "Whitey" Skelton, Jr.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch: Friday, June 23, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 213

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 6/21/1972

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Suspect: Arrested

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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.

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I still hold a special place in my heart for "Whitey" and his family whom I knew at the time of his death. He was a wonderful friend and Officer who did not deserve to pass away at such a young age, leaving behind his young Son, Mark, and a wife and second child on the way. I am so very sorry his 2nd Son, Tim, never knew his Dad. A tragedy for a young family and all that knew them. Tim is currently trying to honor the Dad he never met by having a sign placed by the New York State DOT at the site where his Dad was hit head on by a drunken driver. The NYS DOT does not want to honor Officer Skelton, but instead has installed "adopted" highway signs announcing groups responsibile for cleaning up stretches of the highway. This is ludicrous. Common sense says we should not need signs for this, as we should all be responsible for keeping our highways clean. Please honor Officer Skelton by contacting the NYS DOT and asking them to allow his Son's sign to be erected. Thank you! As an added note, my Nephew, is currently a Lieutenant with the same Monroe County Sheriff's Dept that Officer Skelton worked for.

Bonnie Hutchings Traino
Friend of family at time of "Whitey's" death
September 11, 2013

 

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