Officer William F. Leiphardt, Jr.

Officer William F. Leiphardt, Jr.

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Saturday, May 13, 1978

William F. Leiphardt, Jr.

Officer William Leiphardt and Officer Harold Horine were struck and killed by a drunk driver while investigating a previous accident. While they were standing on the shoulder the drunk driver, driving a tractor trailer, swerved off the road and struck the vehicle, pushing it into the two officers.

The driver was charged with drunk driving and manslaughter and was sentenced to 26 weekends in jail.

Officer Leiphardt had been with the agency for 12 years.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 4991

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 26 weekends in jail

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I remember my cousin "Billy" as kind man and as a fun loving teen. I aways enjoyed his visits. He is and will always be missed.

Karen Leiphardt Grover
1st cousin

April 1, 2017

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