Officer Ryan Hayworth, 23, killed, and Officer Cody Hagler seriously injured when struck by car while responding to crash on I-540 in Knightdale, North Carolina

Modified Date: 
Mon, 10/18/2021 - 6:03am
Accident Date: 
Sunday, October 17, 2021

23-year-old Knightdale officer dies after fiery crash on I-540 in Raleigh

One police officer was killed and another seriously injured after a car crashed into their cruisers during a stop on I-540 eastbound on Sunday morning. The section of I-540 was still closed between Buffaloe Road and Knightdale Boulevard hours after the overnight collision.

23-year-old police officer killed while helping person who crashed on I-540

Officers, including Ryan Hayworth, 23, were investigating a single-car crash in the area when another car crashed into the back of the officers' patrol vehicle.

Hayworth, a three-month veteran of the force and former member of the US Army, was killed in the collision. Hayworth is the oldest son of retired Zebulon Police Chief Timothy Hayworth.

Community, local police departments honor 23-year-old Knightdale officer killed in crash

Two Knightdale squad cars were responding to a separate crash in the area around 2:30 a.m. when a Mercedes Benz slammed into them.

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Ryan Hayworth
Roadway: 
I-540

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