Trooper Roark H. Ross
Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service: 13 years 4 months
Cause of Death: Vehicle Accident
Date of Incident:
May 15, 1986
Roark H. Ross was born July 27, 1950, at McKeesport,
Trooper Ross enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police on January 25, 1973, from Franklin.
Following graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop E, Erie. He was 22 years
old and 6'1˝" tall.
At 2:30 a.m. on May 15, 1986, Trooper Ross and Trooper John DePietro were assigned to
investigate a hit and run accident. They were traveling toward Franklin, attempting to
locate the hit and run vehicle on Bredinsburg Road in Cranberry Township, Venango County.
At approximately 3:45 a.m., for an unknown reason, the patrol vehicle skidded, crossed the
eastbound lane, traveled onto the berm for 80 feet, then struck a tree. Trooper Ross was
taken to Franklin Regional Medical Center where he died at 4:35 a.m. Trooper DePietro
suffered moderate injuries.
Memorial services for Trooper Ross were conducted at Christ Episcopal Church in Oil City.
Trooper Ross was survived by his wife, Mrs. Christine W. Ross and daughter Bethany of Franklin. Mrs. Ross was presented with the
State Police Cross on September 18, 1986.
At 35, Trooper Ross had served 13 years and 4 months as a Pennsylvania State