P/O Robert Nelson

Police Officer Robert Nelson


On this day in Baltimore City Police History 1958, we lost our Brother Police Officer Robert Nelson based on the following;

On 16 Sept 1958, Motors Officer Nelson entered the intersection of Broadway and Gay Streets; at the same time Richard Bishop also entered the intersection causing a collision between the two (Bishop was operating a truck as he just moved to Baltimore from New Jersey). Officer Nelson’s motorcycle was struck so hard that he was ejected from it; airborne, his body was thrown more than 20 feet across the street, causing his head to hit a pole, and curb upon landing. He was immediately taken to St Josephs’ Hospital where doctors worked feverously to try and save his life. His supervisor immediately sent for Officer Nelson’s wife, Emma Nelson. Emma was brought to the hospital from the couples Williams Avenue home. Upon her arrival to the hospital doctors were still working to save her husband’s life; they would eventually have done everything they could, ending by putting a steel plate in his head, they were at a place where all they could do now was to wait. With Emma by his side, three days would pass before Officer Nelson would succumb to his injuries.

Richard Bishop, had only been in Baltimore for two days before he would end the life of our brother with his reckless driving, he was charged with vehicular manslaughter. On 4 October 1958, two magistrates from Baltimore County dealt leniently with the New Jersey man that was involved in the accident that would end the life of Officer Nelson.

Nelson was on the department for a year and half, having served our country in the Korean War 1950-1953. Oddly enough he transferred to motors after hearing of the loss of, Patrolman John Andrews; of the BPD Motors Unit, also struck by a reckless driver nearly a year earlier on Oct 9 1957.

As his brothers and sisters of the Baltimore Police Department we will not let him be forgotten, His service Honored the City of Baltimore, and the Baltimore Police Department may he rest in peace, and may God bless him.

More details

End of Watch 19 September, 1958
City, St.     Broadway and Gay Streets
Panel Number 5-W: 2
Cause of Death     Auto Accident
District Worked Motors

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