Troopers: Elderly Crab Orchard Man Hit and Killed by Police Cruiser

State Police are investigating after troopers said a Stanford Police officer hit and killed a man who was walking along Highway 150 in Crab Orchard.

Troopers said Officer Travis Richardson was driving his cruiser into work Thursday night when he hit Howard Robbins, 69.

Troopers said Robbins was walking along the road around 9:30 p.m. when he was hit.  Troopers said Robbins was wearing dark clothes.

The Stanford officer immediately called 911 and started giving first aid, according to investigators.

Robbins was pronounced dead at Fort Logan Hospital.

The Stanford Chief of Police said Officer Richardson is now on paid administrative leave until he is mentally ready to come back to work.  We’re told he’s been in law enforcement for 11 years and with the Stanford Police Department for four years.

Those who knew Robbins said he would normally walk along the side of the road early in the morning but they were shocked to hear he had been hit and killed.

“He was a real good guy,” said Patricia Wilder, one of Robbins’ neighbors.  “He’d start talking to you and it was hard to get away from him but he’s going to be missed because he’d come down here every day.”
 
His body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.
 
Troopers said drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash.
 
Funeral Services for Robbins will be held Wednesday, January 21st at 1:00 in the McKnight Funeral Home Chapel.
 
Visitation will be after 5:00 Tuesday evening, January 20th at McKnight Funeral Home.

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