Police Officer Peter James Kneeland

Police Officer Peter James Kneeland

Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, October 7, 2012

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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 Convicted


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Pete, you were my next door neighbor. Loved sharing lots of funny stories with you. You shared 2 wonderful children with Sue that I miss. You gave all you could to change from a city guy to a city guy pushing a scott's fertilizer spreader. God bless those were some good times.
Loved laughing with you , but yet had respected you when you left your home in uniform to protect and serve
and eventually killed buy the hit and run animal . Thanks to Worcester's finest to have find him and bring him to justice... all though you were still left comatose.
It was by accident through the internet I found you have passed and then that your wife Sue was gone as well. God Pete, this is tough news to take.
I'm hoping your son Peter and daughter Erica were able to go forward with God's help after this all this. Prayers tonight to St. Jude. Love you Pete and your wife Susie.
Herb, your next door neighbor and friend.

Herbert Jurgensen

July 15, 2022

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