Clues sought in crash that killed state trooper

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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