Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Conservation Officer Robert Perkins was killed in an automobile accident when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle on a rural road in Hamilton County.
His entire family were in the vehicle when it collided and was dragged several feet before it rolled, landing upside down and partially pinning him outside the car.
He was transported to an Indianapolis hospital where he was treated for multiple injuries and died later that day. His wife and one daughter survived with minor injuries.
Conservation Officer Perkins was survived by his wife and four daughters. He was preceded in death by his 2-year-old son in 1953.
The family had been living on a conservation farm in Boone County and when asked to relocate, were in the process of looking for a new home.
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The responsibilities of the Indiana Department of Conservation (1919–1965) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.