Trooper William Joseph Starling

Trooper William Joseph Starling

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, July 20, 1998

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William Joseph Starling

Master Trooper William Starling was killed in a single-car crash on rural road 1717 in Wilkes County.

It is speculated that Trooper Starling was initiating a traffic stop because his vehicle, a 1997 Crown Victoria, had its wigwag lights activated. Trooper Starling lost control of the vehicle upon entering a sharp left turn, at which point it overturned and ran down a 10-foot embankment.

Master Trooper Starling had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for 13 years. He is survived by his fiancée, daughter, and two sons.

In 2005 a bridge on US 421 in Wilkesboro was named in his honor.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge F-241

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

single vehicle crash

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Trooper Starling,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of North Carolina. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 20, 2023

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