Chief Steve Conrad of the Louisville Metro Police Department in Kentucky sadly reports the death of Detective Deidre Mengedoht.
Det. “Dee Dee” Mengedoht, 32, died as a result of injuries she sustained in a three vehicle crash.
Mengedoht conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver of the vehicle. After contacting the motorist she returned to her patrol vehicle. While seated in her police unit, the intoxicated driver of a semi-truck and trailer combination struck it from behind.
Mengedoht’s patrol vehicle was crushed between the vehicle she stopped and the semi-truck. The patrol vehicle then burst into flames as she was trapped inside the vehicle. Emergency rescue personnel were unable to extricate Mengedoht from her patrol vehicle. As a result, she died at the scene.
— WLKY (@WLKY) December 24, 2018
UPDATE: A man has been charged with murder and DUI in connection with fiery crash on I-64 that killed LMPD second division Detective Deidre Mengedoht: https://t.co/YI8ITXM54Q pic.twitter.com/RDEpotTcsX
— WDRB News (@WDRBNews) December 25, 2018
Deidre Mengedoht served the Louisville Metro Police Department for more than seven years. She was assigned to the Second Division, which was considered a high risk and high crime area. A young son and an extended family survive her.
“It’s very devastating to the department,” said Metro Council president David James, who formerly served with LMPD. “The officers that work with these officers that we’ve lost, it’s devastating to them also. It’s a big loss for them. The police department is like one giant family and they love one another, so it’s just very hard.”
An @LMPD officer will not be going home to their family tonight. We are thinking of our brothers and sisters in Louisville, and reminded that life is precious and fleeting.
Thank you for your service, Officer. pic.twitter.com/ONi7C9wZ3e
— Lexington Police (@lexkypolice) December 24, 2018
“At this point all I ask for is prayers for the officer’s family. Obviously it’s Christmas Eve so just prayers for the family right now, that’s all we really need,” Louisville Fraternal Order of Police president Nicolai Jilek said. “Every day this is a potential reality. And every day that we all can go to bed, where everybody goes home safe, is a good day. But you really never know when these things can happen. That risk is there every day.”
Detective Deidre Mengedoht is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Monday, December 24, 2018.