Trooper Robert Ambrose, 31, was killed on December 19, 2002, when his troop car was struck from behind by a vehicle on the New York State Thruway in the city of Yonkers.
Trooper Ambrose was investigating a property damage automobile collision when a speeding vehicle, being operated by a 20-year old intoxicated driver, lost control and struck the rear of his Troop Car. This caused the Troop Car to catch fire and resulted in Trooper Ambrose’s death. A person from the original accident Trooper Ambrose had been investigating and the intoxicated driver were also killed in the crash.
Trooper Ambrose was a five-year veteran of the State Police and had served in Troops K, F and T. He was assigned to SP Tarrytown at the time of his death.