Police Officer Claire Nicole Carolyn Connelly

Police Officer Claire Nicole Carolyn Connelly

Riverside Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, July 12, 1998

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Claire Nicole Carolyn Connelly

Officer Claire Connelly succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when she was struck by a drunk driver.

During the early morning of Sunday, July 11, 1998, Officer Connelly was investigating a traffic collision on a roadway in the city of Riverside when she was struck by a drunk motorist. The drunk driver’s vehicle then collided with a parked tow truck, injuring the tow truck driver. Officer Connelly suffered head, pelvic, and abdominal injuries. The tow truck driver, who suffered knee and other moderate injuries as a result of the collision, was able to use Officer Connelly’s police car radio to call for help.

Officer Connelly was removed from life support on July 12, 1998, becoming the Riverside Police Department’s first female police officer to die in the line of duty.

Officer Connelly had served with the Riverside Police Department for 18 months. She is survived by her parents, sister, brother, stepfather, stepmother, grandparents, and nephews.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 11, 1998
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged w/ felony drunk driving

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I knew Claire. She was just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. I remember when we were recruits. She was in my senior class. We were so busy, and being pushed physically, mentally and spiritually to the extreme...but she would take the time to seek out the junior class members from her town and make sure they were doing okay. She would check in, and see if we needed direction or support. What a great leader she was. She is still missed, thought of, and carried through the streets of Riverside in our hearts as we crush crime and eradicate evil to honor her and every citizen of Riverside.

Melissa Brazil, Detective
Riverside PD

July 11, 2019

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