Staff Sergeant Ralph R. Newell

Staff Sergeant Ralph R. Newell

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, October 28, 1988

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Ralph R. Newell

Sergeant Ralph Newell was killed when his patrol car struck the back of a tractor-trailer that was crossing the highway while driving en route to Jackson, Mississippi, on Highway 49. Low visibility due to fog was a contributing factor in the crash.

Sergeant Newell was a United States Navy veteran and had served with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Mississippi Highway Patrol for 22 years, assigned to Troop J. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two stepsons, mother, two brothers, and there sisters.

A portion of Highway 49 in Covington County was dedicated to Staff Sergeant Newell on October 18, 2007.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge U-3
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

routine driving, vehicle crash, weather

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May God continue to bless you Sir, and your family.

William D Newell
Utah Dept of Public Safety

February 17, 2024

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