Police Officer Melissa M. Foster

Police Officer Melissa M. Foster

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, December 4, 2004

Melissa M. Foster

Officer Foster was killed in an automobile accident when her patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle that crossed the center line on Gender Road. The vehicle was being driven by a suspected drunk driver.

At approximately 0130 hours, Officer Foster was responding to a non-emergency call involving a prowler and was following another patrol car. When the other vehicle crossed the center line, the first patrol car swerved to avoid a collision. However, Officer Foster was unable to take evasive action and her patrol car was struck. She was flown to Grant Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later.

The driver of the vehicle that struck her patrol car was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide. The suspect had a previous conviction of involuntary manslaughter from 1997. On August 9, 2005, the suspect was sentenced to 13 years in prison and the life time suspension of his driver's license.

Officer Foster had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 7 years. She is survived by her two children.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 2145

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 13 years

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well its been 13 years today that you were taken from us. The person who killed you was released on Saturday. I can not tell you how mad that I was, our daughter is not taking it so well. We both miss and love you so much.

Robert Joseph Thornton

December 4, 2017

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