Type of Officer: Kansas Highway Patrol
Death Date: 9/6/1995
Added to Memorial: 1996
Circumstances of Death: Struck by Automobile
On September 6, 1995, at about 6:30 a.m. Master Trooper Goodheart was performing a roadside inspection of a semi-truck on westbound Interstate 70 near Colby. As he was conducting a “walk-around” safety inspection of the truck, a westbound car driven by an 18-year-old college student traveling to Colby from her home in Illinois struck him. Goodheart’s injuries were immediately fatal. Goodheart’s incident brought about the passage of Kansas House Bill 2641, known as the “Goodheart law” which requires motorists to slow down and move over when approaching stopped emergency vehicles.