Ralph A. Vargas
Line of Duty 09/30/1952
CHP Officer Killed in Motorcycle Collision
Tuesday, September 30, 1952
Officer Ralph A. Vargas was patrolling in a residential area when his patrol motorcycle collided with an automobile that abruptly made a left turn in front of his motorcycle. Vargas had no time to apply his brakes and crashed into the vehicle. The 26-year-old officer died just six hours after the accident. Vargas had joined the Patrol just two-and-a-half years earlier.