Patrolman William J. Keller

Patrolman William J. Keller

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, October 14, 1972

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William J. Keller

Patrolman William Keller was struck and killed by a drunk driver while conducting a traffic stop on I-76 in Portage County.

At 9:00 p.m., Patrolman Keller stopped a driver a mile west of the Ravenna exit (current day Prospect Street) when a vehicle traveling east hit the car, knocking Patrolman Keller into the roadway. The driver fled the scene.

The driver was apprehended but died before standing trial.

Patrolman Keller was a United States Army Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Ohio State Highway Patrol for 10 months, assigned to the Ravenna Post. He was survived by his wife, child, and parents.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Keller
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

drunk driver, hit-and-run, traffic stop

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William J. Keller of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio and the additional 77 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 14, 2023

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