Trooper Chad H. Wolf
Michigan State Police, Michigan
End of Watch: Friday, August 28, 2015
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: August 28, 2015
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue
Michigan State Police
333 S Grand Avenue
PO Box 30634
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 332-2521
Trooper Chad Wolf was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle.
Trooper Wolf was on motorcycle patrol and traveling northbound in the right lane of Dixie Highway and crossing over southbound I-75 when a vehicle towing an empty trailer traveling in the left lane quickly changed lanes in an attempt to access the I-75 entrance ramp. As the vehicle changed lanes, it struck Trooper Wolf’s motorcycle. Trooper Wolf was dragged for several miles on I-75 before the driver pulled over at a rest area.
The driver of the vehicle that struck Trooper Wolf cooperated with the investigation and was released without charges.
Trooper Wolf served with the Michigan State Police for seven years. He is survived by his wife and four children.
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP (AP) — State Police Trooper Chad H. Wolf has died as a result of injuries he sustained this morning in a crash on Interstate 75 in Oakland County’s Springfield Township, north of Detroit, according to Michigan State Police.
“It is with very heavy hearts that we confirm the death of one of our own, Tpr. Chad Wolf,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Our troopers know the dangers they face each time they put on their uniform, but the calling they feel to serve the public is stronger than any fear. Trooper Wolf will forever be remembered as a loving husband, dedicated father and outstanding public servant.”
Wolf was dragged several miles by a car hauling a trailer after being knocked from his motorcycle along the Michigan interstate.
Wolf was on patrol when a 72-year-old motorist hit the motorcycle while changing lanes sometime before 6:30 a.m., Etue said at a news conference earlier in the day.
Wolf was trapped beneath the car or trailer. The driver eventually stopped after pulling into a rest area north of Springfield Township. He is cooperating with investigators. No charges were immediately filed.
Wolf, 38, is survived by his wife and four children. He enlisted with the MSP in 2008, graduating as a member of the 121st Trooper Recruit School. He has served at the Jackson, Flint and Metro posts. He has been a member of the Motor Unit since September 2013. After joining the State Police, Wolf has served posts in the Jackson, Flint and Detroit areas.
“The Michigan State Police is a very tight-knit family and today our hearts are aching and very heavy,” Etue said. “Our troopers know the dangers they face each time they put the uniform on, but you need to know that the calling they have to serve the public is far stronger than the fear.”
The northbound lanes of the busy freeway were shut and expected to remain closed until late Friday afternoon as investigators reconstructed the collision and gathered evidence.
The investigation is ongoing and investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the events to contact the MSP at 1-855-MICH-TIP.