Police Officer Peter James Kneeland

Police Officer Peter James Kneeland

Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts

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Peter James Kneeland

Police Officer Peter Kneeland succumbed to injuries sustained on September 18th, 1991, when he was struck by a drunk hit-and-run driver in front of a sports bar on Cambridge Street.

The subject fled the scene but was arrested three days later. He was subsequently convicted of charges connected with the incident.

The collision caused Officer Kneeland to suffer severe head injuries that left him in a wheelchair, unable to communicate, or care for himself. He remained in an institutional care facility from the time of the collision until he passing away as a result of his injuries.

Officer Kneeland had served with the Worcester Police Department for 14 years at the time he was struck. He is survived by his wife, two children, brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Wednesday, September 18, 1991
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

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I knew Peter well. I went on the job, in 1977. He came on the class after, in 1978. He was an easy going guy, with a great sense of humor. I enjoyed riding with him. After all the years, I can still remember his voice. God bless him and his family.

PO Neil Jonielunas
Worcester police department

November 21, 2020

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