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

Trooper

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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I recently found the clipping from The Times Herald Record dated August 12, 1980. Even though that was 36 years ago it brought back some emotions that have been repeated too many times since. I was just a few years older at the time and this was the 7th funeral I had attended for a fellow Trooper. I hope the family has recovered from such a terrible loss as much as possible.

Tpr. J.N. Roberts
NYSP - Troop C - Norwich - Retired 1994
November 27, 2016

 

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