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 Starling was killed in a single-car accident on a 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 it's 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.

Bio

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

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 20, 2020

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