Trooper Mark Toney
Iowa State Patrol, Iowa
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Tour of Duty: 24 years
Badge Number: 227
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: September 20, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Colonel Patrick J. Hoye
Iowa State Patrol
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 725-6090
Trooper Mark Toney was killed in an automobile accident on U.S. Highway 65/69, south of Indianola, at about 4:40 pm.
He was traveling with emergency equipment activated when the patrol car left the roadway and overturned several times, landing in a field. The vehicle burst into flames during during the accident.
Trooper Toney had served with the Iowa State Patrol for 24 years. He is survived by his two sons and parents.
The cause of the crash that killed Iowa State Patrol Trooper Mark Toney remains under study today as technical investigators continue their work.
Jessica Lown, a spokeswomen with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said officials could not yet say what caused Toney’s patrol cruiser to veer out of control.
She said it could be tomorrow before additional information can be released.
The fiery accident occurred shortly before 4:40 p.m., Tuesday on U.S. Highway 65, just south of Indianola. Lown said the fire was put out and Toney was dead at the scene.
The patrol car was heading north with its emergency lights on. After leaving the road the cruiser rolled several times and burst into flames.
The 24-year-member of the Iowa State Patrol was a skilled driver and accident investigator, trained in the use of the latest equipment, which now is being used to investigate his crash.
An autopsy is being conducted today at the office of the Iowa medical examiner in Ankeny. The results of the autopsy have not been reported.
Trooper Toney’s death was the first in the line of duty for the State Patrol in almost 21 years.
It comes on the heels of a traffic death Sunday involving a firefighter on Interstate Highway 80 in Pottawattamie County.
Shelby Firefighter Michael Collins, 41, of Minden, was killed while directing traffic.
That crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday. The driver, David Lee Thies, 43, of Ames, was in a 2001 Honda Accord.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller issued a statement today, saying:
“Trooper Mark Toney gave his life trying to make our roads safer and protecting the citizens of Iowa. Trooper Toney’s tragic loss in the line of duty reminds us all of the profound dedication and sacrifice by the brave men and women in uniform here in Iowa who heroically put our safety above their own.
“I extend my sincere condolences to Trooper Toney’s family and friends, his fellow state troopers, and to Iowa’s law enforcement community.”