Death in the Fast Lane Police Nab Perps. But at What Price?
By Cindy Ellen Hill
On Father’s Day, 2003, 39-year-old Vermont State Trooper Mike Johnson kissed his wife Kerri, daughter Reilly, 12, and sons Grady, 7, and McKendrick, 5, and left for work. It would be their last goodbye. While deploying a tire-deflating device across Interstate I-91 in Norwich, Johnson was killed by the speeding vehicle he was attempting to stop: Eric Daley, 24, who was being pursued by police at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. It was the first time in Vermont history that a state trooper was killed in the line of duty by another person.
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