Patrolman Harold DeGear was killed when he was crushed between his patrol car and another car during a traffic stop in Cedar Rapids.
As he wrote a ticket to the driver of the vehicle he had stopped another vehicle attempted to pass a truck and struck the rear the Trooper DeGear’s patrol car. Patrolman DeGear was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.
Patrolman DeGear was a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran of both WWII and the Korean War. He had served with the Iowa Highway Patrol for 6-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old son.
Iowa State Patrol
End of Watch: Feb. 19, 1954