Cop disabled from '91 hit-and-run dies

Chief: Original incident 'quite possibly one of the worst nights in the history of the department'


By Scott J. Croteau
Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER, Mass. — Retired Worcester Police Officer Peter Kneeland, who was severely injured while working a paid police detail on Cambridge Street on Sept. 18, 1991, died over the weekend. He worked 14 years as a police officer.

Mr. Kneeland, 62, had been in an institutional care setting but was constantly cared for by his mother, Susan, until her death in 2010. Since then, his brother, Timothy Kneeland, and sisters, Kathleen M. DelloStritto and Susan Carrigan, had taken over the care.

"This was a particularly heartbreaking incident 21 years ago," said Deputy Police Chief Edward J. McGinn Jr. "It is quite possibly one of the worst nights in the history of the department. We're especially moved by the level of care and commitment that Peter's mother and siblings have shown him since the accident."

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