Mayetta, KS – Topeka Police Officer Trey McCluskey died in a double-fatality collision with a wrong-way driver on May 29, according to his department.
Off-duty Officer McCluskey and his wife, Taylor, were traveling along U.S. Highway 75 in their 2015 Hyundai Tuscon at approximately 2 p.m., when the driver of a 2017 Acura RDX struck them head-on, The Wichita Eagle reported.
The driver of the Acura, 72-year-old Peter Bieri, was traveling the wrong way in the officer’s lane when the crash occurred.
Officer McCluskey, 25, and Bieri were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Taylor, 25, was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka and has since been released. No further information regarding her injuries was provided.
Officer McCluskey joined the Topeka Police Department on July 6, 2015, just months after he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, according to his obituary.
He was assigned to the department’s Field Operations Bureau, where he worked the night shift, the agency said in a press release.
“We honor his memory of sacrifice and commitment,” the statement read. “We commend his personal choice to serve the Topeka community in the noble profession of law enforcement.”
The department said that Officer McCluskey was “well-liked and respected member” of the agency.
“We offer our condolences and support to his family. We have sorrow in our hearts. We endure the pain of his loss with them,” the Topeka PD said. “We thank the community for their respectful assistance as we move through the grief process on an agency and individual level.”
Officer McCluskey and Taylor had been together since high school and were married in January of 2017, according to his obituary.
He also leaves behind his parents, three sisters, and many friends and extended family members.
Hundreds of mourners joined together on June 2 to pay their respects as Officer McCluskey was laid to rest, KSNT reported.
"At such a young age, to have already made such an impact on his colleagues and the community, he was just very striking, very compelling to all of us," Topeka City Councilwoman Karen Hiller said.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Topeka Police Officer Trey McCluskey, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.