Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Trooper Robert Clevenger was killed in a single-vehicle accident while in pursuit of a traffic violator on a graveled road three miles south of New Castle near Straughn.
He observed a motorist commit a traffic violation at an intersection near Cambridge City and began pursuing the vehicle. The 13-mile chase led to a T-intersection and due to the dust created by the violator's vehicle, Trooper Clevenger was unable to see ahead to an embankment, struck it head-on with his squad car and overturned.
Investigators found the license plate number of the pursued vehicle in Trooper Clevenger's squad car and apprehended a 26-year-old man later that day. He was charged with reckless driving and reckless homicide but returned to Pennsylvania for violating his parole on a 2½-to-5-year sentence for burglary and larceny.
Trooper Clevenger, from Centerville, was assigned to the Connersville post. He was survived by his wife, parents, paternal and maternal grandfathers.
United States Marine Corps