Senior Deputy Lisa Dianne Whitney

Senior Deputy Lisa Dianne Whitney

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 12, 1998

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Lisa Dianne Whitney

Senior Deputy Lisa Whitney was killed when her unmarked cruiser was broadsided at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Hill Road.

A power outage had disabled the traffic signals and everyone was treating the intersection as a four-way stop, which is California law when traffic signals do not work. After Deputy Whitney stopped she began to proceed through the intersection when the cruiser was struck on the driver's side door by a pickup truck who's driver, a 36-year-old woman, failed to stop. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The suspect, who was under the influence of methamphetamine, was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in October 1999 and sentenced to 13 years. She had a prior manslaughter conviction for stabbing a man to death on a San Diego beach in 1981.

Senior Deputy Whitney was awarded Officer of the Year in 1996 and is survived by her husband, a police officer from another agency.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 13 years

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