Officer Eliot O. Daley

Officer Eliot O. Daley

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, May 17, 1942

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Eliot O. Daley

Officer Eliot Daley was killed when the patrol car he was riding in was struck by a drunk driver near Tormey Hill in Contra Costa County.

He and his training officer were responding to an accident with injury call when a drunk driver crossed the center line and collided with their patrol car head-on, pushing it into a third car and causing it to flip over. Officer Daley was killed in the collision and his training officer was seriously injured.

The 35-year-old drunk driver was arrested and charged with felony drunk driving and negligent homicide. His trial ended with a deadlocked jury.

Officer Daley had graduated from the academy only three weeks earlier.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Rest in peace. You were my uncle and I remember you.
I was seven when you were killed. My family moved from the Boston area to Napa to be with your mother, my grandmother. I am pleased to see this memorial.

Note that the map does not show the exact location of the accident on old California Highway 40 (San Pablo Ave) near the newer Highway 80.

Jay Daley
September 16, 2019

Jay Daley (nephew)

September 16, 2019

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