Officer John Calvin LaMar

Officer John Calvin LaMar

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, December 10, 1954

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John Calvin LaMar

Officer John LaMar succumbed to injuries received when he was struck by a vehicle on U.S. Route 99 north of Berkshire Road in Bakersfield at 7 pm.

Officer LaMar was inspecting a disabled vehicle being hooked to a tow truck. Despite flares on the roadway to warn drivers, a speeding vehicle crashed into the stalled car and hit Officer LaMar. He was transported to the San Joaquin Hospital, where he passed away 17 days later.

The driver was initially charged with manslaughter. He died in a plane crash a couple of years later.

Officer LaMar was a United States Navy WWII veteran who had served with the California Highway Patrol for only two months and previously served with the Tulare Police Department. He was survived by his expectant wife, two sons, four brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 23, 1954

disabled motorist

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