Police Officer Peter Kneeland Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts End of Watch: Sunday, October 7, 2012

kneelandWorcester Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer Peter Kneeland

Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts
End of Watch: Sunday, October 7, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 62
Tour of Duty: 14 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: September 18, 1991
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Worcester Police Department
9-11 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: (508) 799-8606

Police Officer Peter Kneeland succumbed to injuries sustained on September 18th, 1991, when he was struck by a drunk hit-and-run driver in front of a sports bar on Cambridge Street.
The subject fled the scene but was arrested three days later. He was subsequently convicted of charges connected with the incident.
The collision caused Officer Kneeland to suffer severe head injuries that left him in a wheelchair, unable to communicate, or care for himself. He remained in an institutional care facility from the time of the collision until he passing away as a result of his injuries.
Officer Kneeland had served with the Worcester Police Department for 14 years at the time he was struck. He is survived by his brother and two sisters.

WORCESTER —  Retired Worcester Police Officer Peter Kneeland, who was severely injured while working a paid police detail on Cambridge Street on Sept. 18, 1991, died over the weekend. He worked 14 years as a police officer.
Mr. Kneeland, 62, had been in an institutional care setting, but was constantly cared for by his mother, Susan, until her death in 2010. Since then, his brother, Timothy Kneeland, and sisters, Kathleen M. DelloStritto and Susan Carrigan, have taken over the care.
“This was a particularly heartbreaking incident 21 years ago,” said Deputy Police Chief Edward J. McGinn Jr.
“It is quite possibly one of the worst nights in the history of the department. We’re especially moved by the level of care and commitment that Peter’s mother and siblings have shown him since the accident.”
The same night Mr. Kneeland was struck by a hit-and-run driver, another Worcester police officer was shot. The shooting was not fatal. The driver who hit Mr. Kneeland was arrested days later and later convicted of causing the accident.
Deputy Chief McGinn informed the department Monday of Mr. Kneeland’s death. He said the retired officer’s death came about as a direct result of a job-related incident. Mr. Kneeland was critically injured in the accident and had extensive head injuries.
“As a result of his injuries, Officer Kneeland lapsed into a condition that he never fully recovered from,” Deputy Chief McGinn wrote in his notification to personnel.
“Even though alert and able to recognize his family and friends, Officer Kneeland’s injures left him unable to speak and confined to a wheelchair. Officer Kneeland was never able to return to active work and officially retired in 1998.”
A wake and funeral have been planned and Worcester police will send an honor guard.
In September 2010, family, friends and police attended a 60th birthday party for Mr. Kneeland inside Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center on Plantation Street. The retired officer sat in his wheelchair with his brand new Worcester police baseball cap.
At the time of the party, Mr. Kneeland’s family said his right arm area was paralyzed and he was unable to speak. During the party Mr. Kneeland appeared to react when names of certain officers were told to him.
“He’s definitely aware of his surroundings,” Mrs. Carrigan, his sister, said at the time.


2 Responses to “Police Officer Peter Kneeland Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts End of Watch: Sunday, October 7, 2012”

  1. 1 mycatmags October 9, 2012 at 14:35

    RIP Officer Peter Kneeland……you deserve a special place in heaven…..thank you for your service…may God comfort and protect your family at this time…God bless

  2. 2 Joan Parker October 9, 2012 at 16:26

    REST IN PEACE Officer Kneeland…

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