Officer Robert W. Suess

Officer Robert W. Suess

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 15, 1958

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Robert W. Suess

Officer Robert Suess was killed when a drunk driver struck his police motorcycle on Baldwin Avenue at the Southern Pacific tracks in El Monte.

Shortly after 5:00 p.m., a driver went through a red light, ran another car off the road, and then struck Officer Suess head-on. He was thrown 85 feet and pinned beneath the car that hit him. He died instantly.

The 41-year-old woman that struck him suffered injuries that left her completely paralyzed. She was convicted of manslaughter and drunk driving and sentenced to 10 years probation.

Officer Seuss was a United States Army veteran and had served with the California Highway Patrol for nine months. He previously served with the Vallejo Police Department. He was survived by his wife and two-year-old son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 2244
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender 10 years probation

drunk driver, routine driving

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Officer Suess,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division-the “All-American” Division! And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Airborne All The Way!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 15, 2024

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