Police Officer Ryan Andrew Hayworth

Police Officer Ryan Andrew Hayworth

Knightdale Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, October 17, 2021

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Ryan Andrew Hayworth

Police Officer Ryan Hayworth was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind by a suspected drunk driver at about 2:40 am.

Officer Hayworth, along with his training officer, were at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on I-540, near mile marker 22, when their patrol car was struck by the other vehicle, which failed to move over or reduce its speed. Officer Hayworth suffered fatal injuries in the collision. His training officer, as well as the original accident victim and the suspected drunk driver, were seriously injured.

Officer Hayworth was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Knightdale Police Department for only three months. He is survived by his father, mother, brother, and two step-brothers. His father was a retired Police Chief of the Zebulon Police Department.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge 1355
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

accident scene, field training

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Ryan, I had the privilege of meeting your father recently at a course he was teaching. At the end of his course of instructions, he spoke of you, he begged us to remember your circumstances and to make it safely home to our families. Although I never met you, I can imagine you and your father are much alike, I am sure you are a great man and an amazing police officer in Heaven. Thank you for your willingness to serve our country and community. Prayers are with your family.

Lt. Jason Williams
New Bern Police Department

April 11, 2022

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