Cpl/3 Ronald G. Williams 653

1964 - 2002

D.S.P. Press release

It is with deep regret that the Delaware State Police announce the death of a trooper who was killed August 9th as the result of injuries sustained in a three vehicle traffic crash on the New Jersey Turnpike near Newark.

Master Corporal Ronald G. Williams, Jr., 38, was a passenger in a 2001 Dodge van, driven by his wife Nicole. The vehicle was also occupied by the couple's 9-month-old daughter. The crash occurred at approximately 12:14 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike. A 2000 Toyota Avalon, driven by a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania woman, struck a 2000 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, then the Williams' van.

After the impact, the Dodge van ran off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail, and overturned, ejecting Corporal Williams. At the time of the collision Corporal Williams had left his seat to tend to his daughter, who was in an infant seat in the rear seat of the vehicle. Corporal Williams was taken to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead at 12:56 p.m. Nicole Williams and the infant sustained minor injuries.

Nicole Williams was also a Delaware State Trooper who recently left the Division to raise the couple's infant daughter. Master Corporal Ronald Williams was a resident of Newark. He graduated from Elkton Christian School and attended Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN, Delaware Technical and Community College, and Wilmington College. Corporal Williams was hired as a Delaware State Trooper in August, 1986. During his career, Corporal Williams worked as a patrol trooper at Troop 6, Prices Corner, Troop 7, Lewes, and Troop 9, Odessa. In 1996 he was assigned to the Special Investigations Section and in 1999 assigned to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Due to his outstanding investigative skills and dedication to serving the citizens of Delaware, Corporal Williams was awarded the prestigious "Superintendents Citation" on three occasions.