Officer John Pedro

Officer John Pedro

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Monday, June 3, 2002

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John Pedro

Officer John Pedro was killed in an automobile accident in Santa Cruz County while attempting to stop a vehicle at 6:59 am.

Officer Pedro, who had only been on duty for 14 minutes, turned on his emergency lights and accelerated onto an exit ramp from Highway 1 near Watsonville. As he did so, his patrol car went out of control and overturned several times before striking a tree.

Officer Pedro was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the California Highway Patrol for 13 years. He is survived by his wife, also a California Highway Patrol officer, and 2-year-old daughter.

In June 2005, a stretch of Highway 1 between Harkins Slough Road and the Pajaro River Bridge was renamed the John Pedro Memorial Freeway.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 12918
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

automobile accident, single vehicle crash, vehicle crash

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Officer Pedro,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 3, 2022

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