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Part of I-44 Named in Honor of Fallen St. Louis Police Officer

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  “David was a person who really sought out service to his community.”

With those words, St. Louis police chief Dan Isom helped dedicate a highway sign designating a portion of Interstate 44 as the “David Haynes Memorial Highway”.

Officer Haynes died as a result of injuries he sustained during an on-duty vehicle crash on March 24, 2010.

He was 27 years old.

Just before 10 am that day, police received a call for a burglary in progress where a victim returned home to find a suspect inside.

Officers were able to locate the suspect’s car but later lost sight of it.

Officer Haynes was in the area and located the car, but as he followed it through the intersection of Oleatha and Kingshighway, his patrol car was struck by another vehicle.

Haynes was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The burglary suspect was later located, arrested and charged.

Stephanie Haynes had only been married to David for about six months at the time of his death, though they had known each other for two decades.

How will she react when she drives past the highway signs dedicating a portion of I-44 in her husband’s memory?

“I think it’ll make me smile every time I see it…and hopefully not cry.”

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