Trooper Robert W. Ambrose, 31, was killed on December 19, 2002, when his Troop car was struck from behind by a vehicle on the New York State Thruway in the city of Yonkers.
Trooper Ambrose was investigating a property damage automobile accident when a speeding vehicle, operated by a 20-year-old intoxicated driver, lost control and struck the rear of his Troop car. This caused the Troop car to catch fire and resulted in Trooper Ambrose's death. The 20-year old intoxicated driver and a person from the original accident Trooper Ambrose was investigating were also killed.
Trooper Ambrose was a five-year veteran of the State Police and had served in Troops K, F and T. He was assigned to SP Tarrytown at the time of his death.