Deputy Sheriff Raymond Henry Topolewski

Deputy Sheriff Raymond Henry Topolewski

Will County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, February 10, 1985

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Raymond Henry Topolewski

Will County Sheriff's Deputy, Raymond Topolewski died Sunday night from injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run accident on January 22nd. Deputy Topolewski of Bolingbrook died at 9:34 p.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been confined since the accident.

The hit-and-run accident occurred as Deputy Topolewski stood near his squad car in the 100 block of Patterson Road investigating a rape complaint. Deputy Topolewski and another deputy were dispatched to the scene at approximately 9:51 p.m. Both parked their cars off the road. Deputy Topolewski was talking to the complainant as the second deputy, who parked in front of Deputy Topolewski, was walking to join the two. He noticed a car going southbound off the road at a high rate of speed.

The moving car hit Deputy Topolewski's squad car, which then hit the second deputy and spun him around. The moving car then grazed the woman's leg and struck Deputy Topolewski. The car continued south on Patterson Road.

On January 24th, the hit-and-run driver went to the Laraway Road Station to report his vehicle had struck a fence on Woodruff Road the night of the hit-and-run accident. Police arrested him for the accident after questioning. Originally he had been charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and driving under the influence of intoxicants and was free on $1,000 bond. After Deputy Topolewski's death, the Will County State's Attorney's Office filed an additional charge of reckless homicide.

Deputy Topolewski is survived by his mother, also a Will County Sheriff's Deputy, his father, a brother, and a sister.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 22, 1985
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charged with Reckless Homicide

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Deputy Topolewski's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 2-5-18 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

February 5, 2018

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