Trooper Thomas William Kavula

Trooper Thomas William Kavula

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, September 19, 1968

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Thomas William Kavula

Trooper Kavula was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while directing traffic at an accident scene outside of Toll #13 in Elizabeth. He was struck by the trailer or a tractor trailer as it made a turn.

Another truck driver who witnessed the accident jumped into Trooper Kavula's patrol car and stopped the suspect a short distance away. The 43-year-old man was found to be under the influence of drugs at the time. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, death by vehicle, and several other traffic charges.

Trooper Kavula had served with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife and young daughter.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 1809

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in peace Trooper Kavula.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 29, 2021

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