Officer Frank M. Epperson
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Traffic Collision
Date of Incident: July 2, 1954
Weapon Used: N/A
Suspect Info: Not available
State Traffic Officer Frank M. Epperson was attempting to overtake two speeding vehicles and was about to pass a pick-up truck when the truck started a left turn in front of his patrol car. Epperson tried to avoid a collision, but the two vehicles collided, and the patrol car rolled several times before striking a power pole and slamming into irrigation equipment. The 40-year-old patrolman was ejected and died at the scene. Epperson had joined the CHP in 1948, but his duty was interrupted by service in the Korean War. He returned to the Patrol in 1952. Officer Epperson was a Korean War veteran. Officer Epperson was assigned to the CHP’s Indio Area office.
Officer Epperson’s burial site is not known.