TOWN OF TONAWANDA, NY ( wkbw.com ) Early Saturday morning New York State Trooper Kevin Dobson was struck and killed by a car while issuing a traffic citation to another driver on the I-290 near the Colvin Boulevard exit.
Dobson was the son of retired Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Dobson.
Trooper Kevin Dobson touched the lives of everyone he worked with.
At a Saturday news conference, an emotional Zone 2 Commander, Captain Steve Nigrelli said, "Dobber, how could someone who made us laugh so much...make us cry so hard today. We love you, we will miss you."
That sentiment was shared by many in law enforcement who attended a news conference Saturday afternoon with Nigrelli; Troop A Commander Major Christopher Cummings; and Colonel Thomas Fazio, Deputy Superintendent of Field Command. They gathered to support each other, and grieve the loss of a fellow trooper and friend.
43 year old Trooper Dobson was on duty just after 7:20a.m. Saturday morning when he stopped a car on the Youngmann Expressway to write a traffic ticket when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
Trooper Dobson died less than an hour later at a local hospital.
The New York State Police are still looking into what exactly caused the accident. No charges have been filed at this point as the accident is still under investigation.
The I-290 Eastbound Youngmann Expressway was closed at Exit 2 (Colvin Blvd) in the Town of Tonawanda for several hours because of that accident, and subsequent investigation.
Dobson's family are urging everyone to respect the recently enacted "Move Over Law." This requires drivers to move over into another lane, and slow down, to avoid hitting law enforcement while they do their duty on the side of the road. The law was passed after a similar incident that took the lives of law enforcement officials. Failure to move over can result in steep fines now.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued this statement on Dobson's death:
Governor Cuomo said, "I mourn the death of Trooper Kevin Dobson who lost his life today during a traffic stop while in the line of duty. Trooper Dobson was a father of three who served in the State Police for more than fourteen years. He put his life at risk every day to protect the people of our state, and on behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at the State Police."
Governor Cuomo ordered flags on all state office buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of Trooper Dobson.
The New York State Police issued this release Saturday:
CLARENCE, NY - It is with deep regret that the New York State Police announces the death of Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, a 14 year veteran of the New York State Police.
Trooper Dobson was killed in the line of duty this morning at approximately 7:30 am while conducting a vehicle and traffic stop on Interstate 290 just east of the Colvin Blvd. exit (exit 2).
Trooper Dobson who was stationed out of the State Police Barracks in Clarence was assigned to Interstate Patrol. While issuing a traffic summons, Trooper Dobson was struck and killed by a passing motorist.
At this time the investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.
We are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact the State Police in Clarence at (716) 759-6831.
New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan, a former Erie County Sheriff and New York State Trooper, issued this release:
STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN, FORMER NEW YORK STATE POLICE CAPTAIN AND SHERIFF OF ERIE COUNTY REGARDING THE DEATH OF NEW YORK STATE TROOPER KEVIN P. DOBSON
“The entire New York State law enforcement community and all of Western New York have suffered a tremendous loss today. My thoughts and prayers are with the Dobson Family, especially his three young children and his father, Retired Lieutenant Richard Dobson of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, whom I had the high honor of serving with during my tenure as Sheriff of Erie County.
The New York State Police and law enforcement officers across the state are a family. When we lose one of our own; we suffer, we grieve and we move forward together. While nothing can be done to fill this sudden void in our hearts and the hearts of the Dobson family, I assure them that they too are part of the law enforcement community, and they needn’t mourn alone.”
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