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Officer John Pedro | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


John Pedro

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Monday, June 3, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 12918

Military veteran

Cause: Automobile crash

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Officer John Pedro was killed in an automobile accident in Santa Cruz County while attempting to stop a vehicle 6:59 am.

Officer Pedro, who had only been on duty for 14 minutes, turned on his emergency lights and accelerated onto an exit ramp from Highway 1 near Watsonville. As he did so, his patrol car went out of control and overturned several times before striking a tree.

Officer Pedro was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the California Highway Patrol for 13 years, and is survived by his wife, also a California Highway Patrol officer, and 2-year-old daughter.

In June 2005, a stretch of Highway 1 between Harkins Slough Road and the Pajaro River Bridge, was renamed the John Pedro Memorial Freeway.

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Sgt. Jim Russo
June 4, 2017


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