Trooper Clark died instantly on January 19, 1936 when his open touring car went off Route 27 near the village of Montauk and overturned.
At the time of his death, Trooper Lewis was assigned to Bethpage Park and was assigned to patrol Route 27. It was during his return from the far eastern section of his patrol area that the accident happened.
Trooper Lewis was an 11-year veteran of the State Police and served in Troop B and Troop G, where he was a member of the famed Rough Riders. He was then assigned to the Troop K Parkway Detail and was with the detail when it was reclassified as Troop L.
For those unfamiliar with the area, the village of Montauk is at the extreme eastern end of Long Island, NY.
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