Motorcycle Policeman
James J. Reilly
Indianapolis Police Department
Thursday, January 29, 1942

Age: 35
Served: 6 years, 9 months
Badge #: 2
Panel 46E, Line 11
Panel 16, Line 5

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Motorcycle accident
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, January 29, 1942

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
3600 block of West Washington Street, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Marion
Incident Township:
Wayne
Weapon Used:
None
Suspect Disposition:
None
Burial Place:
Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery, Indianapolis

   Motorcycle Policeman James Reilly was killed in a three-vehicle accident when his motorcycle collided with two other vehicles in the late afternoon.

   As he attempted to pass a westbound car traveling in front of him, the driver began to make a left-hand turn onto Doerre Avenue.

   His motorcycle struck the rear bumper causing his motorcycle to be thrown into the eastbound lane when both were struck by an oncoming vehicle, killing him instantly.

   Motorcycle Policeman Reilly was survived by his mother, two sisters and three brothers, one of whom was also a member of the department.



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