Patrolman John J. O'Donnell

Patrolman John J. O'Donnell

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, August 9, 1942

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John J. O'Donnell

Patrolman John O'Donnell was struck and killed by a drunk driver while he was loading an accident victim into a police ambulance at the intersection of Diversey Avenue and Kilbourn Avenue.

The drunk driver crashed into the back of the ambulance, crushing Policeman O'Donnell between the two vehicles.

The 43-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with manslaughter and negligent homicide.

Patrolman O'Donnell was assigned to the Cragin Station.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

accident scene

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