The crash investigation showed that Sgt. LaRose was east bound on Route 120 about a mile west of the village of Cameron in Lumber Township of Cameron County just prior to 3:25 p.m. Sgt. LaRose entered left hand curve in the roadway as he was driving.
The 2008 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car he was driving lost traction with the roadway due to the wet road conditions. The patrol vehicle spun counterclockwise and crossed the centerline of the road. The patrol car collided with a 2011 Hyundai Tucson driven by 62 year old Stephen Zoschg. Zoschg’s wife, Laura, 58 was the front seat passenger. Both vehicles were severely damaged in the crash. Sergeant LaRose died at the scene.
The Zoschg’s were transported via ambulance to Elk Regional Medical Center. Their injuries were described as moderate but not life threatening.
The crash investigation was conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.
LaRose was the Station Commander of the Emporium Barracks. He served the Pennsylvania State Police for 23 years. Sgt. LaRose was an Air Force veteran and is survived by his wife and four children.
Sgt. John C. LaRose, gone but never forgotten. EOW: Monday, July 1, 2013
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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