Police Officer David Vasquez

Police Officer David Vasquez

Cathedral City Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, October 28, 1988

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David Vasquez

Police Officer David Vasquez was struck and killed by a vehicle at the intersection of 35th Street and Date Palm Drive while assisting at the scene of a traffic accident.

He was assigned to provide traffic control at a non-injury collision. He had laid out a cone/flare pattern to shut down one lane of traffic for the officers to safely conduct their investigation. A motorist, later found to be driving on a suspended license, drove into the closed lane and struck Officer Vasquez at approximately 30-40 mph, killing him almost instantly. He was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center and pronounced dead upon arrival.

The driver was later prosecuted and sentenced to probation.

Officer Vasquez had served with the department since it was formed in June 1984. was survived by his parents.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 years, 4 months
  • Badge 6

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

accident scene

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Your Birthday is coming up...it's a time when it's most difficult for me. Time doesn't always heal the heart, when you lose the one you love. I can still hear your laughter, see your smile and I remember your voice.

Life goes on, and yet when I remember you - time stands still. I know someday we'll be together. Until then I miss you still. Continue to be by my side and look after me. I know some day I will see you and touch your face again...happy birthday!! I will add another candle on your cake!!


August 21, 2019

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