Sergeant Steven Edward May

Sergeant Steven Edward May

Modesto Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, July 23, 2009

Steven Edward May

Sergeant Steve May succumbed to injuries sustained seven years earlier when his patrol car was rammed by a suspect in a stolen vehicle.

The suspect had rammed two Stanislaus County deputies earlier in the evening as they investigated the vehicle's license plates. The man fled into Modesto, where he was located and followed by a Modesto police officer.

As the driver began to flee from the officer he ran a stop sign at the intersection of South Santa Cruz and Mono Drive and crashed into Sergeant May's patrol car. The collision knocked the suspect's vehicle into a nearby house, which collapsed onto him and killed him. Sergeant May's vehicle was pushed into a tree, causing him to suffer a fractured skull and other injuries.

Sergeant May never regained consciousness and succumbed to his injuries seven years later.

Sergeant May had served with the Modesto Police Department for 23 years at the time of the crash. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge A 21

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Monday, July 29, 2002
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Deceased

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Dear Sergeant May,
I did not have the privilege of knowing you when you were here in the physical form...yet I know you through your amazing family, especially, your soul mate, Diana:)

I want to Thank you for all you have done for your community, family, and friends...and now you still watch over so many from your position in Heaven...

You Sir are loved beyond words !!! and NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!

Thank You

wife of
Sgt. Howard Stevenson E.O.W 1/9/05

January 14, 2015

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