Officer Shannon Lee Distel

Officer Shannon Lee Distel

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 27, 2003

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Shannon Lee Distel

Officer Shannon Distel was killed in a motorcycle accident while on patrol on Van Buren Boulevard, near Dauchy Avenue, in Riverside County.

A pickup truck pulling a trailer turned left in front him causing a collision. Officer Distel's motorcycle became wedged in between the truck and trailer and he was thrown 50 yards. He was transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck was arrested and charged with gross negligence and driving under the influence of drugs. The driver was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence; the charges were reduced after the drivers' drug tests returned negative.

Officer Distel had been employed with the California Highway Patrol for 6 years, and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps.

He is survived by his wife, four children, parents, brother, and sister.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 15357
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Charged with gross negligence

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Sixteen years......sometimes it seems as if it were sixteen minutes. You are so missed by everyone. There isn’t one day that passes that I don’t think of you. I feel so blessed that I was able to talk with you the day before you were called home. I will never forget the last “I love you, Mom” and how proud you were of your family. You will never be forgotten as long as I am alive.

Mom

August 27, 2019

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