Funeral held for Michigan State Police trooper killed in motorcycle crash

Trooper Timothy O'Neill killed Sept. 20 in Plainfield Township

By Jason Colthorp - Anchor/Reporter, Dave Bartkowiak Jr.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - A funeral was held Tuesday in Auburn Hills for Michigan State Police Trooper Timothy O'Neill, who was killed Sept. 20 when his motorcycle crashed in Plainfield Township.

State police said O'Neill, 28, was on patrol with his department motorcycle about 7:45 a.m. that Wednesday when he was involved in a crash near the intersection of Wolverine Boulevard and Belding Road in Plainfield Township. No one else was injured, and the cause of crash remains under investigation, state police said. 

Michigan State Police trooper Timothy ONeill. O'Neill was killed in a crash Sept. 20, 2017.

Michigan State Police trooper Timothy O'Neill was killed in a crash on Sept. 20, 2017 in Plainfield Township. (WDIV and WOODTV)

Watch the funeral procession here: 

"It is with a very heavy heart that I confirm the death of one of our own, Tpr. Timothy O’Neill,” Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of Michigan State Police, said in a statement. "I ask that you please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead."

O'Neill enlisted with Michigan State Police in January 2014 and has served at the Rockford Post his entire career. 

He is survived by his mother, father, brother, sister and fiancé. He was set to be married on Oct. 7, 2017.

You can donate in memory of O'Neill to the Michigan State Troopers Assistance Fund by clicking here.

Michigan State Police officers gathered Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 for Trooper Timothy O'Neill's funeral in Auburn Hills. (WDIV)

Michigan State Police officers gathered Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 for Trooper Timothy O'Neill's funeral in Auburn Hills. (WDIV)

His family released this statement on Tuesday: 

On behalf of Tim’s entire family, we would like to thank the citizens of the state of Michigan and across the country for their support during this tragedy. This loss of our son, brother, grandson, fiancé, friend and state trooper is great sorrow for us all.

We express our gratitude to the Michigan State Police, the Michigan State Police Troopers Association and the Athens Clark County Police Department in Georgia for the overwhelming care they have shown all of us. The troopers have provided 24/7 care and attention, as well as meals, housing and transportation. We cannot express in words how much their love and concern has meant to us.

We want to thank all of those who have reached out to us through social media and by making donations in Tim’s honor. This has been a very difficult time for our family, but knowing we have care and compassion from people around the nation brings us comfort in our pain. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the other families impacted by tragedies across the country.

Our hearts also go out to the families of other recently fallen officers. You are not alone. May we share this burden together.

Thank you.

MORE: Michigan governor orders flags lowered Tuesday for fallen state trooper

Squirrel Road closed during funeral

Squirrel Road will be closed between Tienken and Dutton roads between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday during the funeral. Only funeral traffic and traffic from residents who live off the road will be permitted during this time. 

Heavy traffic is expected prior to and after the funeral service, which begins at 11 a.m. Auburn Hills police recommend drivers use Lapeer Road or Adams Road for north and south traffic.

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