Trooper Frank Galvan Vazquez

Trooper Frank Galvan Vazquez

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Frank Galvan Vazquez

Trooper Frank Vazquez was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver while conducting a traffic stop on I-270 in Columbus, Ohio.

He was standing outside of his vehicle when the drunk driver struck the rear of his patrol car. The patrol car, and the suspect's vehicle, collided into Trooper Vazquez and into the vehicle that was stopped.

The drunk driver was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide. On May 20, 2002, the driver was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison.

Trooper Vazquez had served with the Ohio Highway Patrol for almost 4 years, and is survived by his wife and three young children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 975

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Monday, November 5, 2001
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to eight years

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I drive to Circleville 2-3 times a month and on the way home I see your sign. It makes me sad and pleased at the same time. Sad because Frankie was such a good guy and pleased that he was given that honor. It still seems like yesterday some days since you left us.

Lin Herd

Lin Herd, Admin Prof 3
Ohio State Highway Patrol

August 14, 2018

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