Officer Thomas Adams California Highway Patrol California End of Watch: Tuesday, February 15, 2011


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Officer Thomas Adams
California Highway Patrol

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 24
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Officer Thomas Adams was killed in a automobile accident while on patrol.
He was driving north on Highway 101, just south of Piercy in Mendocino County, when his patrol car was struck head-on by a southbound vehicle. Officer Adams died from the injuries sustained in the collision.
Officer Adams had served with the California Highway Patrol for two years.

Agency Contact Information
California Highway Patrol
PO Box 942898
Sacramento, CA 94298
Phone: (916) 657-7261
Please contact the California Highway Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.


A Highway Patrol officer who was on duty was killed Tuesday afternoon in a head-on crash in northern Mendocino County.

CHP Officer Thomas Adams was killed while on duty Tuesday in a head-on collision in Mendocino County


Officer Thomas Adams, 24, of Fortuna, had been on the force for about two years. He died in the 2:20 p.m. crash near the Humboldt County line, CHP Officer Paul Dahlen said.

A team from the CHP’s Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team was called in from Redding to investigate.

Adams, a Fortuna native, was traveling north on Highway 101 in a patrol vehicle just south of Piercy near Garberville, Dahlen said.

Jeff Kidd, 39, who lives in Perris south of Riverside, was driving south on the highway in a 2004 Toyota Tundra, Dahlen said. Jared P. Geldhofbond, 31, of Riverside was in the passenger seat.

The two vehicles collided about 14 miles north of Leggett and 13 miles south of Garberville, according to Caltrans spokesman Phil Frisbie.

CHP officials said one of the vehicles appeared to have crossed into an oncoming traffic lane, however investigators were still determining which one, Dahlen said.

Adams “was pronounced deceased at the scene,” Dahlen said.

Perris and Geldhofbond were taken to Jerold Phelps Community Hospital in Garberville and later released, according to hospital staff.

The highway was closed in both directions as the investigation continued and was expected to remain closed well into the night, Dahlen said. Traffic was being detoured onto nearby Highway 271, the old north-south route.

Dahlen said he was among the CHP officials who recruited Adams to the force. Adams graduated from the highway patrol’s academy about two years ago and began his career in Oakland, Dahlen said. He transferred to the Garberville station last September.

“He worked his way from Oakland to here to get back home,” Dahlen said.

Adams is survived by his parents, Bruce and Karen.


3 Responses to “Officer Thomas Adams California Highway Patrol California End of Watch: Tuesday, February 15, 2011”

  1. 1 R Green February 22, 2011 at 13:30

    My condolences to the family… way too young to die.

  2. 2 Kenneth Hoover February 23, 2011 at 08:25

    I am so very sorry to hear this. God bless his dear family!

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