November 07, 2001
Trooper Frank Vazquez succumbs to crash injuries
Columbus, Ohio -- Trooper Frank G. Vazquez, 26, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's West Jefferson post, succumbed to injuries at approximately 12:55 a.m. Tuesday that he sustained in a Monday evening traffic crash on northbound Interstate 270 near milepost 7 in Franklin County.
Tpr. Vazquez is the 35th Patrol officer to be killed in the line of duty since the Division's inception in 1933.
Tpr. Vazquez joined the Patrol in February 1997 as a member of the 128th Academy Class and received his commission on July 25, 1997. He served at the Defiance post prior to transferring to West Jefferson on Dec. 3, 2000.
Originally from Defiance, Tpr. Vazquez graduated from Defiance High School in 1993, and later studied at Toledo University and The Ohio State University.
Tpr. Vazquez lived in Marysville with his wife Kristina, and their three children: Christian, 5, Kyra, 3, and Noah, 1.
"Tpr. Vazquez distinguished himself as a leader in the Highway Patrol. His passing is a great loss to the Patrol family and our sympathies are with his family and friends," Col. Kenneth L. Morckel, Ohio State Highway Patrol superintendent said.
The Patrol said preliminary reports indicate at 9:06 p.m. Monday Tpr. Vazquez, a four-year veteran, stopped a northbound 2001 Mitsubishi being driven by Cindy Marsh, 44, of Columbus, for a traffic violation.
During the stop, a northbound 1999 GMC being driven by David Dye, 33, of Powell, struck Tpr. Vazquez's cruiser from behind, sending it into the stopped vehicle.
Tpr. Vazquez was outside his cruiser when he was struck. Preliminary results indicate alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Marsh was transported to Grant Hospital, and Dye was transported to Mt. Carmel Hospital. Information on their conditions is not yet available.
The investigation is ongoing.