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Patrolman Richard E. Hedstrom | Montana Highway Patrol, Montana Montana Highway Patrol, Montana

Patrolman

Richard E. Hedstrom

Montana Highway Patrol, Montana

End of Watch: Thursday, July 19, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 weeks

Badge # 307

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Killed in accident

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Patrolman Richard Hedstrom was struck and killed by a drunk driver during a traffic stop near Kalispell, Montana.

He was writing a warning for a malfunctioning headlight and his training officer was sitting in the patrol car when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck traveling at 87 mph. The impact pushed the patrol car into Patrolman Hedstrom, causing fatal injuries. The driver of the truck was to be charged with negligent homicide but died of injuries sustained in the collision.

Patrolman Hedstrom had only been employed with the Montana Highway Patrol for 18 days. He is survived by his wife and son.

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This is my grandpa super sad I never got to meet him

Jackson Hedstrom
He his my grand father
December 21, 2016

 

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