Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 8 years
Badge # 134-21
Cause: Struck by vehicle
Incident Date: 9/4/2001
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Sentenced to two days
Trooper Maria Mignano and Officer Jason Hoerauf, of the Albany Police Department, were struck and killed by the driver of a vehicle at approximately 1900 hours while assisting the family of a disabled van on I-5 near Portland.
Officer Hoerauf was on an off-duty ride along with another trooper when the two stopped to assist the van. While on the scene, Trooper Mignano stopped to assist as well. While the three officers were standing on the right side of the van, which was parked on the right shoulder, a pickup truck suddenly swerved across a lane of traffic. The pickup struck the right rear of Trooper Mignano's cruiser, traveled along the other two vehicles and struck all three officers. The driver of the vehicle was driving on a suspended license at the time.
Trooper Mignano and Officer Hoerauf succumbed to their injuries at the scene. The third trooper was flown to a local hospital in extremely critical condition.
Trooper Mignano is the first female trooper with her agency to be killed in the line of duty. She had been employed with the Oregon State Police for eight years.
In December 2001, the man pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide, and on a plea bargain, was sentenced to two days in jail and three years of probation
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Police Officer Jason Alan Hoerauf