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Officer Richard G. Woods | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


Richard G. Woods

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 16, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 4987

Cause: Motorcycle crash

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Officer Richard Woods was killed in a motorcycle accident while en route to a court hearing.

He was attempting to switch lanes on the freeway when traffic suddenly stopped, causing him to strike the rear of a panel truck.

Officer Woods had been employed with the California Highway Patrol for three years.

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Richard was married to my sister. He was a wonderful husband to Dixie, father to Jenny, and stepfather to Vickie. His fellow officers spoke highly of him. I remember he was particularly careful to Polish his boots, helmet and tank on his bike to a very high shine. After being raised on stories of his Uncle Richard, my son is now a LEO with San Francisco PD.

Catherine Sutton
Sister in law
September 15, 2017


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