Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Trooper Robert Lather was killed when his cruiser was struck by a car that he and a Howard County deputy were trying to stop about one half-mile south of Grissom Air Force Base in Miami County.
The deputy had called for assistance in stopping the vehicle, which was traveling northbound at over 95 mph. Trooper Lather was in front of the vehicle attempting to slow it when the car struck the rear of his cruiser, causing it to crash.
Trooper Lather, from Greentown, was assigned to the Peru post. He was survived by his wife, 2-year-old son and 6-month-old daughter.
• In 2018, a Memorial Mile was designated on U.S. 31, from the 174-mile marker to the 175-mile marker in Miami County, in his honor.