Trooper Thomas F. Isbell

Trooper Thomas F. Isbell

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch Thursday, December 21, 1972

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Thomas F. Isbell

Trooper Thomas Isbell was struck by a vehicle and killed while investigating an earlier accident with another officer near El Reno on I-40.

While measuring skid marks, Trooper Isbell was struck by a sleepy driver. The driver was charged with negligent homicide.

Trooper Isbell was a United States Marine Corps veteran who served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for one year. He was survived by his parents.

He is buried in Waukomis Cemetary in Waukomis, Garfield Country, Oklahoma.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 227

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Wednesday, December 20, 1972

accident scene

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Tommy, I wish I would have gotten the chance to meet you, we didn’t talk about you much during our family get togethers when your mom was here. Right after she passed we started talking about you, there was some misinformation surrounding what actually happened to you. I started researching your death to find out the truth. It is very sad what happened, and it should never happen again. You are the reason I want to be a trooper, I want to patrol Oklahoma and try to stop people that are distracted driving, or tired. Everything I do in life I will do in your memory. -your cousin Hanson Hedges

Hanson Hedges

February 21, 2023

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