Senior Deputy Lisa Dianne Whitney

Senior Deputy Lisa Dianne Whitney

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 12, 1998

Lisa Dianne Whitney

Senior Deputy Whitney was killed when her unmarked cruiser was broadsided at an intersection with disabled traffic signals. 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 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.

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 Automobile crash

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Rest In Peace Sister. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 25, 2017

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