Trooper Eric K. Chrisman
Kentucky State Police, Kentucky
End of Watch: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Tour of Duty: 6 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: June 23, 2015
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Commissioner Rodney Brewer
Kentucky State Police
919 Versailles Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 695-6300
Trooper Eric Chrisman was killed in a vehicle crash on the US Route 62 near the Tennessee River Bridge in Livingston County at 5:48 pm.
He was responding to a reckless driver complaint when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and crossed into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer. Trooper Chrisman’s vehicle was struck on the driver’s side, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.
Trooper Chrisman had served with the Kentucky State Police for only six months.
LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WKYT) – Kentucky State Police Trooper and Lawrenceburg native, Eric K. Chrisman, was killed in a crash on Tuesday.
He graduated from Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg in 2009.
"I couldn’t believe it because he was just 23-years-old. His dream was to become a law enforcement officer,” said Judy Slyh, Chrisman’s former teacher.
Trooper Chrisman graduated from the KSP Academy, Class 92, in January of 2015. State police say he was living in Eddyville while assigned to Lyon County.
Trooper Chrisman was pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston County Coroner.
"You just don’t think that this is going to happen to someone you know, someone you loved, and taught,” said Slyh.
KSP said the crash happened on U.S. 62, about two miles west of Grand Rivers, before 6 p.m.
State police say Chrisman was driving a police cruiser westbound on U.S. 62 responding to a reckless driving complaint. His cruiser crossed into the eastbound lane into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer.
Supporting Heroes reports that Chrisman hydroplaned.
The tractor trailer driver was taken to the Marshall County Hospital and has since been released.
According to Kentucky State Police, both drivers were wearing seat belts.
The crash remains under investigation.
Chrisman is survived by his parents and two siblings.
"He’ll be missed. We are not worried about Eric now. Eric is in heaven. He’s up there dancing, having a good ol’ time,” said Cory Robinson, Chrisman’s former basketball coach.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 29 at Ninevah Christian Church in Lawrenceburg.
Burial will follow services at the Sand Spring Cemetery in Anderson County with full KSP Honors. Visitation will be 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.