Sergeant Steven Edward May

Sergeant Steven Edward May

Modesto Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Steven Edward May

Sergeant Steve May succumbed to injuries sustained seven years earlier when his patrol car was rammed by a suspect in a stolen vehicle.

The suspect had rammed two Stanislaus County deputies earlier in the evening as they investigated the vehicle's license plates. The man fled into Modesto, where he was located and followed by a Modesto police officer.

As the driver began to flee from the officer he ran a stop sign at the intersection of South Santa Cruz and Mono Drive and crashed into Sergeant May's patrol car. The collision knocked the suspect's vehicle into a nearby house, which collapsed onto him and killed him. Sergeant May's vehicle was pushed into a tree, causing him to suffer a fractured skull and other injuries.

Sergeant May never regained consciousness and succumbed to his injuries seven years later.

Sergeant May had served with the Modesto Police Department for 23 years at the time of the crash. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge A 21

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Monday, July 29, 2002
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Deceased

stolen vehicle

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Dear Sgt. May,
Though we have never met during your journey on Earth. We want to say thank you for your brave and selfless time serving as a protector in our community.

Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten!!!

We keep our prayers over your beautiful family and look forward to the day we are ALL together in the perfect Love of Jesus in Heaven.

May God's Mighty Mighty Mighty arms be around your family and those who serve today and in the future.

God Bless the Peace Maker's and those who love and support them always!!!

Family of
Sgt. Howard Stevenson E.O. W. 1/9/2005

July 21, 2022

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