We were deeply saddened to learn that an off-duty St. Louis County police officer died in a head-on collision. This tragic event happened on Thursday night (October 2019) while the officer was driving home from work in Smithton, Illinois. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, a passenger in the other vehicle also lost their life.

It is heartbreaking to hear about such tragic incidents, which not only affect the families of those involved, but also impact the entire community. Based on news reports, it appears that the accident occurred when a vehicle attempted to overtake a truck and recklessly entered the officer’s lane.

“He will be remarkably, remarkably missed. It’s tough. It’s tough for the police officers here that worked with Mitch, it’s tough for the chief of police, the captain, whoever it may be. We don’t want to lose our department family.”

– Jon Belmar, St. Louis County Police Chief

Headshot of St. Louis County police officer killed in a head-on collision

Tragic events like these remind us all to pay attention while driving and follow the rules of the road. We also want to reinforce the importance of consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney after a collision. Make sure to do this before speaking to an insurance company. An attorney can help in all aspects, even simply explaining the process and what to expect to make sure that everyone’s rights are protected.

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