Michigan State Trooper Dies After Being Hit By Car, Dragged For Miles

| by Kathryn Schroeder

The Michigan State Police motorcycle trooper who was hit by a car and dragged for several miles has died.

Trooper Chad Wolf, 38, was struck on his patrol motorcycle early Friday morning by a four-door car hauling an empty trailer.

Wolf’s body was trapped under the vehicle and dragged for miles down the highway. His body was not discovered until the driver, 72, pulled into a rest stop, reports MLive.

"We all wonder how that could happen," State Police 1st Lt. Monica Yesh said.

The “very cooperative” driver was questioned by police and has been released. No charges have been filed and police have not said why the driver did not stop his vehicle sooner.

Wolf succumbed to his injuries Friday evening while surrounded by his wife, relatives, fellow troopers, and friends, The Daily Mail reports.

“It is with very heavy hearts that we confirm the death of one of our own, Trooper Chad Wolf,” state police Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said in a statement. “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.”

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder released a statement following Wolf’s death.

“My heart is broken for Trooper Wolf's family, his friends and his Michigan State Police colleagues,” Snyder said. “The troopers who serve us every day in the name of public safety are incredibly brave, selfless and honorable. This loss will be felt deeply by the entire state of Michigan.

“Trooper Wolf today laid down his life in service to others, and for that his family will never be the same. The First Lady and I extend our heartfelt condolences to them.

“Our thoughts and prayers also go out to everyone at the Michigan State Police who had the honor of working with Trooper Wolf, as well as those who knew him in the communities he served.”

Sources: MLive, The Daily Mail / Photo credit: MLive