Funeral service set for state trooper killed in western Pa. crash

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 18, 2017 5:31 AM

State Trooper Michael Steward (Photo courtesy of the state police).

(Latrobe) -- A state trooper killed when his marked cruiser collided with a garbage truck last week in Westmoreland County will be laid to rest later today.

Twenty-six-year-old Trooper Michael Stewart was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash early Friday on Route 711 near Ligonier, about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

The funeral service is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Latrobe.

Following the service, a formal procession will depart for a private interment service at Unity Cemetery in Latrobe.

Stewart was a graduate of Latrobe High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a degree in criminal justice.

He enlisted in the state police in January 2014 and served with a Greensburg-based patrol unit. He had also been stationed in Chambersburg.

Stewart has been described as a charismatic man with a big personality. State Police Spokesman Stephen Limani described Stewart as a great trooper and "a big man with an even bigger heart.'"

A fellow trooper sustained a concussion in the crash.

The driver of the garbage wasn't hurt.

Police say the crash remains under investigation.

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