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Deputy Sheriff Raymond Henry Topolewski | Will County Sheriff's Office, Illinois Will County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

Deputy Sheriff

Raymond Henry Topolewski

Will County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, February 10, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 1/22/1985

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Charged with Reckless Homicide

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Will County Sheriff's Deputy, Raymond Topolewski died Sunday night from injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run accident on January 22nd. Deputy Topolewski of Bolingbrook died at 9:34 p.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been confined since the accident.

The hit-and-run accident occurred as Deputy Topolewski stood near his squad car in the 100 block of Patterson Road investigating a rape complaint. Deputy Topolewski and another deputy were dispatched to the scene at approximately 9:51 p.m. Both parked their cars off the road. Deputy Topolewski was talking to the complainant as the second deputy, who parked in front of Deputy Topolewski, was walking to join the two. He noticed a car going southbound off the road at a high rate of speed.

The moving car hit Deputy Topolewski's squad car, which then hit the second deputy and spun him around. The moving car then grazed the woman's leg and struck Deputy Topolewski. The car continued south on Patterson Road.

On January 24th, the hit-and-run driver went to the Laraway Road Station to report his vehicle had struck a fence on Woodruff Road the night of the hit-and-run accident. Police arrested him for the accident after questioning. Originally he had been charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and driving under the influence of intoxicants and was free on $1,000 bond. After Deputy Topolewski's death, the Will County State's Attorney's Office filed an additional charge of reckless homicide.

Deputy Topolewski is survived by his mother, also a Will County Sheriff's Deputy, his father, a brother, and a sister.

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May you now be standing next to our Lord Ray. This incident occurred many years ago however it always remains in our hearts and our minds. Be well my brother, I will see you on the other side.

Inv. Rich Wynn
Will County Sheriff's Dept.
February 18, 2017


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