Elk Grove Police Remember Officer Killed in DUI Incident

Sunday was the two-year anniversary of the tragic loss of Tyler Lenehan, an officer from Elk Grove Police Department who was killed by a suspected drunk driver. Lenehan was riding his motorcycle to work along Highway 99 when he was struck head-on by a driver traveling the wrong way. He was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center due to severe injuries sustained from the crash, but unfortunately did not survive.

Jermain J. Walton, the driver implicated in the accident, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The 31-year-old was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail on various felony charges associated with DUI. Walton had a previous DUI record from 2018 which he had pled no contest to and was sentenced to informal probation.

Reflecting on the day of the accident, Sgt. Jason Jimenez recalled the painful memory, acknowledging the impact on Lenehan’s family and his fellow colleagues at the police department. Lenehan, fondly named ‘Ty’ by his friends and loved ones, is remembered as a dedicated family man and a selfless officer who had an infectious smile and a deep love for his God, his family and his duty.

Lenehan is survived by his wife and two kids. The Elk Grove Police Department made arrangements to meet with Lenehan’s family to reminisce about his life and planned to collaborate with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in January for tribute by wearing patches in Lenehan’s honor. Sgt. Jimenez praised Lenehan’s service and devotion to his family and community, stating that Lenehan set an aspirational example for everyone to emulate.

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