GREENSBURG – Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner, Colonel Tyree C. Blocker regrets to announce the death of Trooper Michael P. Stewart from injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash at approximately 2:30 a.m. in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County.
Stewart was one of two troopers in a marked patrol vehicle traveling on state Route 711 near SR 271 when the crash occurred. The second trooper was transported to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. The crash remains under investigation.
“My thoughts, and the thoughts of the entire department, are with the family of Trooper Stewart during this difficult time,” said Blocker.
“Trooper Stewart served the commonwealth honorably, and we join all Pennsylvanians to mourn his passing.”
Trooper Stewart enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in January of 2014. A graduate of the 138th cadet class, he had been assigned to the Patrol Unit in Troop A, Greensburg since Aug. 29, 2015. He had previously been assigned to Troop H, Chambersburg.
Trooper Stewart is the 98th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to be killed in the line of duty. He was 26 years old.