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Trooper Rick Lee Johnson | Michigan State Police, Michigan Michigan State Police, Michigan

Trooper

Rick Lee Johnson

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch: Saturday, May 6, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 5/6/2000

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Injured in accident

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Trooper Rick Johnson was killed after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop on I-94 in Van Buren County, Michigan.

The trooper had approached the stopped vehicle on the passenger side, and was returning to his Chevy Tahoe cruiser when a third vehicle ran off of the roadway, and rear ended his vehicle right as he was walking in between it and the vehicle he had stopped. He was momentarily pinned between the two vehicles before the Tahoe spun into the travel lanes, trapping him underneath.
Trooper Johnson was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle which struck him received minor injuries in the crash.

On the day before the incident, Trooper Johnson had convinced a suicidal man not to jump off of an overpass near the site of the accident.

Trooper Johnson had been employed with the Michigan State Police for five years, and is survived by his wife and young children.

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Dear Rick, one evening when my son Ricky was very small he was asking who he was named after; so I told him. Then, he asked where you are now. We looked up into the night sky and found the biggest, brightest star and I said, there Ricky that is him; right there watching over us all. Ricky will often look up in the sky to find you and is certain that you look after him everytime he has a surgery. You have certainly had a very positive impact on his life...come to think of it, Ricky is becoming quite the master of the practical joke...hmmm, that reminds me of someone; uh oh!

Carole Heslp Touchinski
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May 6, 2011

 

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