Senior Trooper Anthony Greg Cogdill

Senior Trooper Anthony Greg Cogdill

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, May 30, 2003

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Anthony Greg Cogdill

Senior Trooper Anthony Cogdill was killed when his patrol car was struck by a tractor trailer on I-40, near NC 209, in Haywood County.

Trooper Cogdill was conducting a traffic stop at 3:00 pm when the semi struck the patrol car from behind, pushing it approximately 100 yards. The driver of the car that he had stopped was also injured. Witnesses reported that the tractor trailer had been driven recklessly and had been swerving in and out of traffic immediately before the collision. The incident occurred at the same location on I-40, and under similar circumstances, where Trooper Calvin Taylor was killed 19 months earlier.

The driver of the truck was found to have been under the influence of narcotics at the time of the incident. Additionally, his truck was determined to have defective brakes. He was charged with murder in connection with Trooper Cogdill's death, but found guilty of the lesser charge of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. He was sentenced to only 45 days in jail with credit for time served.

In August 2004 a bridge on Highway 209, crossing I-40, was renamed the "Trooper Anthony C. Cogdill Memorial Bridge."

Trooper Cogdill had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for six years, and was assigned to Troop G, District 5, in Haywood County. He had previously served with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office for three years. He is survived by his wife, 3-year-old son, and his parents.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge G-533

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 45 days

traffic stop, vehicle crash

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Well, it has been a while since I visited this site. I placed flowers on your grave site May 30 and on your papaw's also for you. Took a new arrangement down by the highway and cleaned around your marker. Nineteen years seems like forever some days and other days like only yesterday. I know you would laugh when I think about you always being 32 in my mind; never old or wrinkled with saggy jowls. God blessed me today with memories shared from someone who knew you. He will never realize how much that meant to me. Still driving your Toyota loving knowing your hands steered that wheel. Getting closer to seeing you with each passing day. Love, Mom


June 4, 2022

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