SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A driver hit a Michigan State Police trooper Friday alongside a highway, dragging him several miles before realizing what had happened, authorities said.
After several hours at a nearby hospital, Trooper Chad Wolf died of his injuries, according to Michigan State Police.
“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,” according to State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue.
The incident began around 6:30 a.m. while Trooper Wolf was on his police-issued motorcycle on Dixie Highway in Springfield Township, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit. A car towing a trailer attempted a lane change near an entrance ramp and struck Wolf and his motorcycle.
According to police, Wolf was dragged by the trailer for miles before its driver pulled over at a rest area.
The driver, a 72-year-old man, is cooperating with investigators, according to police. Authorities have not indicated if he will face charges in connection with the incident.
Wolf was a six-year veteran of the Michigan State Police. The 38-year-old officer is survived by his wife and four children.
Etue said, “Trooper Wolf will forever be remembered as a loving husband, dedicated father and outstanding public servant.”