Patrolman Lewis William Hall

Patrolman Lewis William Hall

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, November 30, 1948

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Lewis William Hall

Patrolman Lewis Hall was killed in a motorcycle crash while on duty on Queen City Avenue.

At 1:50 p.m. that afternoon, Patrolman Hall paced a speeding car and activated his lights and his siren as they traveled outbound on Queen City Avenue. The car did not pull over. In the 2300 block, just past Sunset Avenue, the car and motorcycle were side-by-side. The driver of the car veered right, forcing the motorcycle off the road, but Patrolman Hall dodged the obstacles and came back onto the road to continue the pursuit. He crashed the motorcycle into a utility pole at 2450 Queen City Avenue. There were no witnesses to the crash, but it seemed likely that he was forced off the road again.

He was pronounced dead at the scene from a broken neck, fractures of his right hip and leg, a crushed chest, a fractured skull, and internal injuries. The driver of the speeding car was never identified.

Patrolman Hall was a United States Navy WWII veteran and had served with the Cincinnati Police Department for only seven months. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

motor officer, single vehicle crash, vehicle pursuit

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Lewis you were my Grandmother’s cousin. I am forever attached to you in the history of the Cincinnati Police Department. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten while I’m a member of the same dept. It’s weird to think that 46 years later I would be continuing the legacy. I will forever take a shot to your memory on November 30th until the day I die. Rest easy

Sergeant John Jefferies
Cincinnati Police Department

November 30, 2023

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