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Trooper James A. Kelly, Jr. | New York State Police, New York New York State Police, New York


James A. Kelly, Jr.

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch: Friday, August 8, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 3621

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Not available

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Trooper James Kelly was killed when a vehicle operated by an intoxicated driver crossed the double yellow lines and struck his patrol car sending it airborne

The driver was charged with driving while intoxicated and criminal negligent homicide.

Trooper Kelly had served with the New York State Police for seven years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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This, unfortunately, happened right in front of my house and the fire department. I was only 10 , but I remember it like yesterday. All the officers that served as mentors to me from the NYSP and NYSPP, are the reason I do what I do today.

P/O J. M. Beach Joe Beach
Veteran's Affairs Police
May 16, 2017


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