Reserve Deputy
Tracy Lee Miles
Johnson County Sheriff's Department
Friday, May 28, 1999

Age: 40
Served: 12 years
Badge #: 41-126
Military Service:
Panel 42E, Line 21
Panel L6, Line 9

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Struck by vehicle
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, May 28, 1999
10:15 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Interstate 65 near Whiteland
Incident County:
Johnson
Incident Township:
Pleasant
Weapon Used:

Suspect Info:
No charges filed
Burial Location:
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Hall

   Reserve Deputy Tracy Miles was killed after being struck by a motor home while talking to a motorist on the side of Interstate 65 near the 96-mile marker.

   While patrolling the highway, he stopped to place a tow notice on an abandoned vehicle but observed two individuals attaching a tow rope to it on his return patrol. He stopped again, asked the driver for identification, and was standing next to the door of the vehicle. As a northbound motor home approached Reserve Deputy Miles was able to push the driver out of the way before before struck himself, saving the driver's life and causing him to suffer only a broken leg. The impact threw Reserve Deputy Miles 126 feet down the roadway and he suffered multiple internal injuries.

   The 70-year-old driver of the 19-foot motor home stopped immediately to offered his assistance and was not charged.

   Reserve Deputy Miles was survived by his wife, 2-year-old son, father, stepmother and two brothers.