Robert John Lather II
Indiana State Police
Tuesday, July 6, 1982

Age: 30
Served: 7 years, 6 months
Badge #:
Panel 39W, Line 7
Panel L7, Line 5

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Vehicular assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, July 6, 1982
02:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
U.S. 31 near County Road 800 South
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Deer Creek
Weapon Used:
Motor vehicle
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to 5 years
Burial Place:
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

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   Trooper Robert Lather was killed when his cruiser was struck by a car that he and a Howard County deputy sheriff were trying to stop south of Grissom Air Force Base.

   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.

   A 17-year-old male driver was later convicted of reckless homicide and received a five-year sentence, which was suspended.

   Trooper Lather, from Greentown, was assigned to the Peru post and previously served as an officer with the Indiana University Police Department in Bloomington. He was survived by his wife, 2-year-old son, 6-month-old daughter, two sisters and grandmother.

Memorial Tribute

• 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.

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