Deputy Coen was traveling on Highway 64, about two miles west of Buffalo, when he lost control of his Dodge Charger patrol car on a curve and struck several large hay bales. As a result of the collision the Deputy was trapped in the vehicle, which then burst into flames. It took rescue crews three hours to extricate Deputy Coen from the vehicle.
Deputy Coen had graduated from the academy exactly one year prior to the crash.
Deputy William Charles “Charley” Coen, gone but never forgotten. EOW: June 10, 2012