Trooper Frank Galvan Vazquez

Trooper Frank Galvan Vazquez

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, November 6, 2001

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Frank Galvan Vazquez

Trooper Frank Vazquez was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver while conducting a traffic stop on I-270 in Columbus, Ohio. He was standing outside of his vehicle when the drunk driver struck the rear of his patrol car. The patrol car, and the suspect's vehicle, collided into Trooper Vazquez and into the vehicle that was stopped.

The 33-year-old drunk driver, convicted four times for drunk driving, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and drunk driving. On May 20, 2002, the driver was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison. He was released in December of 2009. On May 14, 2012, he was sent back to prison for 30 months for driving while his license was permanently revoked.

Trooper Vazquez had served with the Ohio Highway Patrol for almost 4 years, and is survived by his wife and three young children.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 975

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Monday, November 5, 2001
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Released in 2009

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Trooper Frank Galvan Vazquez of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio and the additional 54 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

November 6, 2019

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