Officer Daniel James Muehlhausen

Officer Daniel James Muehlhausen

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, June 1, 1997

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Daniel James Muehlhausen

Officer Daniel James Muehlhausen was killed after being struck head-on by a motorist who veered onto his side of the highway on Highway 62 east of Highway 177, approximately 30 miles east of Desert Center.

Officer Muehlhausen was checking a remote area of the highway for a disabled vehicle at approximately 11:15 am when the oncoming vehicle attempted to illegally pass another car on a hill. Both cars burst into flames upon impact. The juvenile occupants of the other car were also killed.

Officer Muehlhausen had served with the California Highway Patrol for two years.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 13933

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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I just found the article that I saved from this horrible accident and decided to share what I experienced that dreadful day.
My husband and I drove upon the accident just minutes after the impact. Every car that was following the group of mini trucks came to a complete stop. We all got out of our cars and were in shock as we watched the smoke and flames, both cars were unrecognizable. I'll never forget standing next to the young adults that were friends of the two young men that had died. I believe one young man was a brother of one of the deceased. They were all traumatized, shaking and crying. At that time, we all had no idea about who was in the other car.
That day is forever branded in my mind and soul. I think about the Officer and the two boys all the time. I think about their families and the friends of the boys.
My God comfort all the souls on this earth that loved those two young men and Officer Dan Muehlhausen, they are the ones left on this earth to suffer such a great loss.

Bambi Cortez
A witness to the accident

August 7, 2019

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