Officer Albert Donald Hoover

Officer Albert Donald Hoover

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, August 31, 1934

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Albert Donald Hoover

Officer Don Hoover was killed in a motorcycle crash on the Santa Cruz- Watsonville Highway.

At 7:45 p.m., Officer Hoover was returning from the lettuce strikes near Watsonville when another vehicle turned off of a cross street, striking his bike. He was driving on the curve of the highway known as the "Slaughterhouse Curve." It was aptly named due to the severity of accidents that occurred on the sharp turn.

Officer Hoover was transported to a Santa Cruz hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries the next morning.

Officer Hoover had served with the California Highway Patrol for five years. He started with the California Highway Patrol when it was created. He was survived by his wife, son, and parents. He was a distant cousin to the former President of the United States, Herbert Hoover.

In 2013, the northbound lane of Highway 1 near Park Avenue and the southbound lane near the La Fonda Avenue Bridge was renamed the A. Donald Hoover Memorial Freeway.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 30, 1934

motor officer, motorcycle crash

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89 years ago you gave your life in service to the citizens of California. I am proud to know your love for motors and your pride in wearing our Blue & God. Rest in peace and God bless your family.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

August 31, 2023

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