Detective Howard K. Downes

Detective Howard K. Downes

Newark Police Division, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, February 10, 1958

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Howard K. Downes

Detective Howard Downes was killed when his unmarked patrol car was struck by a car that ran a red light at the intersection of 18th Avenue at South 18th Street.

The impact of the collision caused Detective Downes and his partner to be thrown from the vehicle. His partner sustained serious injuries but recovered.

The driver of the car that caused the collision had been drinking but was determined not to be drunk at the time. He was charged with causing death by auto.

Detective Downes had been with the Newark Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

vehicle crash

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Detective Downes was married to my father's sister, Josephine, or Aunt Jo to us. I remember my Uncle Ken, as we called ,him by his middle name. He was fun loving and a joyful presence in our family. Aunt Jo faced many challenges in her life, but she handle them with strength and dignity. I miss both of them deeply.
Maria Rinaldi Hoover

Civilian Maria Hoover

July 1, 2022

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