About 6:30 p.m on November 8th, 1970, Patrolman Alan Sroczynski and his partner took a prisoner to the Safety Building. Patrolman Sroczynski, who was driving, had just pulled up onto the ramp leading out of the police garage. As he started to drive north across State Street, a westbound car struck the police van.
The impact of the crash spun the police van around several times and Patrolman Sroczynski was thrown from the vehicle. The van then caught one wheel on a curb and toppled over, crushing Patrolman Sroczynski.
Police who heard the crash and several witnesses rushed to the wagon and lifted it and pulled Patrolman Sroczynski from beneath it. He was taken to the hospital where he died 90 minutes later from his injuries.
Patrolman Sroczynski was 28-years-old and had been on the force for four years. He was survived by his wife, Ellyn, his parents and sister.