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VETERAN STATE POLICE SERGEANT KILLED IN ON-DUTY CRASH NEAR MULBERRY
February 04, 2008
(LITTLE ROCK) –
Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Sergeant Richard C. LeBow, 51, of Ozark, died today at approximately 10:25 AM while on duty along Interstate 40 (20 mile marker) near Mulberry. Sergeant LeBow was a 27 year veteran of the Arkansas State Police.
“Sergeant LeBow was a living testament to the spirit and dedication that we try to instill in our recruits,\" said Colonel Winford E. Phillips, Director of the Arkansas State Police. \"He was ready to respond, whether it was to help a local law enforcement agency or patrol the highways in his area, we knew the assignment was in good hands when given to Richard.”
Sergeant LeBow died following a collision of his patrol car and a tractor trailer truck in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40. An Arkansas State Police investigation of the crash is underway and is being handled jointly by the department’s Highway Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division. Preliminary reports indicate that Sergeant LeBow crossed from the westbound lanes of traffic, proceeded across the median and collided with the truck in an eastbound lane of traffic. The truck driver has been taken to a Fort Smith Hospital for treatment of injuries.
At this time, until the investigation is completed, no further statements from the Arkansas State Police will be made regarding the crash.
Sergeant LeBow is survived by his mother Nadine, wife Kathy and two sons, Charles and Caleb.
“Our State Police family is in shock as we grieve the loss of a fellow trooper. I was personally familiar with Sergeant LeBow and his commitment to service in his community and as a law enforcement officer to the citizens of Arkansas,” said Colonel Phillips. \"We ask for Arkansans to keep Sergeant LeBow’s wife, mother and two sons in their prayers in the coming days.”
Sergeant LeBow is the nineteenth Arkansas State Trooper to die in the line of duty since the department was established 73 years ago.