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One Officer Dead, Another Injured In Crash
Updated December 31, 2004 3:34pm

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Peoria police officers mourn the loss of one of their own killed during a car crash last night.

Thirty-three year old Cristy Tindall died from injuries received in the collision.

It happened on Adams Street at Van Buren in Peoria just before 9:30 p.m. while Tindall and another officer were responding to a call for back-up.

Witnesses say the squad car hit a utility pole after coming around the curve. The force of the crash demolished the vehicle and threw the engine about 30-feet away into the grass.

Tindall was a 10-year veteran of the police force.

Retired Peoria police officer Charles Faw says he remembers Tindall from when she entered the cadet program.

''Really had a lot of admiration for her. She was serious, very serious. She wanted to be a police officer and you could see that in what she did around the department. Uh very hard to take that this happened.''

A second police officer in the car survived and was taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Hospital officials are not releasing information about him at this time.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday. Funeral services for Officer Tindall will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Peoria at 5504 North University.

Visitation will be at the Church from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, and one hour before the funeral services.

Automobile crashes are the leading cause of accidental death for on-duty police officers across the country.

That's according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI study found nearly 56-percent of victim officers killed between 1994 and 2003 died in car accidents.

The same research revealed more law enforcement officers die between 6:01 p.m. and midnight than any other time of day.

In all, 15 Illinois officers died accidentally between 1994 and 2003.

Last year, three officers across the state died in automobile accidents, including Peoria County Deputy Jim Mulay.

Michael Dickerson
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