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Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Officer Down: DSP Master Corporal Ronald G. Williams, Jr. - [Wilmington, Delaware]
News Journal August 11, 2002
Clues sought in crash that killed state trooper
By CHARLOTTE HALE, Staff reporter
New Jersey state police on Saturday were still investigating the cause of a traffic accident that killed a 16-year veteran of the Delaware State Police.
Master Cpl. Ronald G. Williams Jr., 38, died Friday after the minivan he was riding in was struck by another car and overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike in Newark.
Williams, a Newark-area resident, had been a trooper since August 1986, including duty as a patrol officer in Troops 6, 7 and 9, and in the special investigations section. In 1999, he moved to the agency’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. When you have those kind of credentials, it’s obvious you are a good officer, Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. Bruce Harris said.
Williams’ investigative skills were so sharp that he was awarded the Superintendent’s Citation three times. Fellow troopers credited his personality and ability to talk easily with others as the primary reasons he was a successful investigator.
He was a very easy-going person and well-liked, Harris said. When you try to get information from people and you’re like that, people tend to open up to you.
A graduate of Elkton Christian School, Williams also attended Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tenn., Delaware Technical & Community College and Wilmington College.
His wife, Nicole, also was a trooper for seven years before resigning in May to care for their infant daughter, Delaware State Police spokesman Lt. Timothy Winstead said.
The couple had been married for about a year and a half, Winstead said. This is tragic as it is, Winstead said, but the fact that he was a newlywed and had a newborn daughter makes it even more tragic.
The crash occurred about 12:15 p.m., when an out-of-control car hit a tractor-trailer and then the van, driven by Nicole Williams. She and her daughter suffered minor injuries.
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