Trooper Thomas William Kavula

Trooper Thomas William Kavula

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, September 19, 1968

Thomas William Kavula

Trooper Kavula was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while directing traffic at an accident scene outside of Toll #13 in Elizabeth. He was struck by the trailer or a tractor trailer as it made a turn.

Another truck driver who witnessed the accident jumped into Trooper Kavula's patrol car and stopped the suspect a short distance away. The man was found to be under the influence of drugs at the time.

Trooper Kavula had served with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife and young daughter.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 1809

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Not available

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I went to high school with Tom Kavula and remember him very well. He was a great person. and a great basketball player.
All his classmates from Xavier High School remember him well.

high school friend

January 3, 2015

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