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James Hedgepeth

End of Tour: Thursday, February 12, 1942James Hedgepeth
Rank: Patrolman
Assignment: Patrol
Age: Not available
Incident Date: Tuesday, February 10, 1942
Incident Location: Jackson Street @ Main Street
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Suspect Name: Not available or applicable
Weapon Involved: Motor vehicle
Case Status: Closed


Patrolman Hedgepeth and Patrolman Thomas Kinney were struck and killed by a drunk driver at 1915 hours while attempting to keep fire lanes open at Jackson and Main Streets for apparatus responding to a three-alarm fire.

While on the scene, a drunk driver entered the area at a high rate of speed. Patrolman Hedgepeth attempted to flag the driver down, but instead the man drove over him, dragging him over a fire hose and down the street.

Patrolman Kinney witnessed the incident and charged towards the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle also struck and killed Patrolman Kinney. Patrolman Hedgepeth succumbed to his injuries two days later.

Louisville Division of Police