|Birth: ||Nov. 30, 1890|
|Death: ||Feb. 24, 1929|
from the Bakersfield Californian: Feb 27,1929
-- CAPT.LUTHER WASHINGTON HOGAN--
Wed. Feb 27, 1929 - Bakersfield Californian ( Newspaper )
STATE TRAFFIC POLICE ESCORT BODY OF HOGAN TO FINAL REST
Hundres of Officers from All Parts of State in Motor Cortege
FLOWERS DROPPED ON PROCESSION FROM AIR
Public and Private Citizens Join in Last Tribute to Crash Victim
Hundreds of State Traffic Officers from all sections of California, police officers, deputy sheriffs, public officials and other friends today paid final tribute to State Traffic Officer L.W. Hogan, who was fatally injured in a motorcycle crash last Sunday.
Funeral rites for the veteran highway patrolman, who had served with the state traffic force for a decade, were conducted this afternoon at Flickinger chapel, where his many years of service as a guardian of lives and property on public highways of California were eulogized by the Rev. Willis G. White, pastor of the Frist Presbyterian Church.
Captains as Pallbearers
With the notice of Officer Hogan's death forwarded throughout California, captains and officers from many county divisions of the state traffic force were here to attend the funeral services and uniformed captains of six county traffic squads officiated as pallbearers.
Led and surrounded by motorcycle officers and followed by scores of other traffic officers, police officers, and firemen, the cortege was escorted to the grave in Union Cemetery. Within a short distance of the chapel, flowers were scattered over the long funeral procession from a low-flying airplane of the Golden State Airways, piloted by Frank Barlow.
Officer Hogan was fatally injured Sunday evening when hurled from his motorcycle while pursuing another speeding motorcyclist. He died Tuesday morning, after more than 36 hours of unconsciousness.
At an inquest conducted today by Coroner Norman C. Houze, the jury returned a verdict attributing death to a " brocken neck and skull fracture received when he accidentally fell from his motorcycle one and one half miles east of the bear Mountain ranch on Tehachapi-Arvin highway, while in the performance of his duty as traffic officer. "
More than three years of Officer Hogan's 10 years with the state traffic force was with the Kern County Squad, under Capt. W. E. Snell and previous to that time, he served as Captain of the Tulare County force. That Officer Hogan was " one of the finest traffic officers in the state " was the tribute paid him by Captain Snell.
In addition to his widow and daughter who reside here, the veteran officer is survived in Kentucky by his mother, and in Fresno by a sister. He was a native of Hopkinsville, Christian county, Ky. born in 1890.
from the website: www.camemorial.org
State Traffic Officer
Hurled head first to the ground when his motorcycle skidded on a sharp turn on the Tehachapi highway. State Traffic officer L. W. Hogan, 39, of the Kern Division suffered injuries which proved fatal.
Hospital reports were to the effect that officer Hogan, widely known throughout the San Joaquin Valley as "Pat" Hogan, suffered a broken neck and concussion of the brain.
The exact cause of the accident, which occurred near the intersection of the Tehachapi Highway and the cut-off to Arvin at the Bear Mountain Ranch, is not known. For there were no eye witnesses, but it is believed that Hogan's motor skidded on the curve when it hit loose sand.
Within a few seconds after the accident, and before the dust had cleared from the scene, a motorist came upon the unconscious form of the injured traffic officer, and brought him to the San Joaquin hospital in Bakersfield.
Officer Hogan was returning from Muroc Lake on the Mojave Dessert, where he had been assigned to duty during the motorcycle races there. The accident occurred sometime between 5 and 6 p.m.
Officer Hogan has been with the Kern County squad of the state traffic force under Captain Snell for the last four years. Previous to that time, he served with the Tulare County force for six years, most of which time he was captain.
Officer Hogan died at the hospital shortly before 7 a.m. more than 36 hours after his skull was fractured and his neck broken in the accident. The investigation led to the belief that Officer Hogan was in pursuit of another motorcycle that was believed to be speeding.
Luther Washington Hogan
Date of Birth: November 30, 1890
Date Appointed: Unk
End of Watch: February 24, 1929
Note: California State Traffic Officer, Died in the Line of Duty
Plot: Garden of Peace, Block 6, Lot 10
Created by: Cyndee Reed
Record added: May 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19478938