Trooper William R. Evans
Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service: 16 years and 4 months
Cause of Death: Vehicle Accident (Due to
an Icy Roadway)
Date of Incident:
January 6, 1983
William R. Evans was born October 28, 1938, at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
He served with the US Navy from August 1957 to August 1961 aboard the USS Talladega.
Trooper Evans enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police from Philadelphia on September 15,
1966. Following graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop N, Hazleton. He was
27 years old and 6'1½" tall.
On January 6, 1983, Trooper Evans was assigned to patrol Route 209, Monroe County. At
approximately 9 a.m., about 3/4 of a mile north of Snydersville, Trooper Evans was in
pursuit when his patrol car skidded on the icy highway, skidded across the grass median,
and struck a van head-on. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trooper Evans was buried with full military honors at St. Mary's Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre.
He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Patricia Evans, of Long Pond and three daughters. Mrs.
Evans was presented with the State Police Cross. A memorial scholarship fund was
established to assist the families of law enforcement officers.
Trooper Evans, 44, had completed 16 years and 4 months as a Pennsylvania State Trooper.