Officer Ralph D. Percival

Officer Ralph D. Percival

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Monday, June 3, 1974

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Ralph D. Percival

Officer Ralph Percival was struck and killed by a drunk driver while on a traffic stop on Highway 280 near Farm Hill Boulevard in Redwood City at 5 pm.

He had completed writing the citation and was returning to his motorcycle when he was struck.

The 47-year-old subject was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to one year in prison.

Officer Percival had been with the California Highway Patrol for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 2402

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 1 year

traffic stop, motorcycle

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Ralph was my Godfather, and my dad's friend from their births. Their mom's met in the hospital. I remember as a small child, Ralph would stop by and visit. I remember saying to him, "I want to marry you when I grow up". I remember getting the phone call in 1974. Wonderful man.
Rest in Peace, Ralph.

Kathy Mangels

September 28, 2022

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