Officer Walter Stewart was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
A truck turned in front of his motorcycle and he swerved to avoid a collision. However, a collision occurred and he sustained severe head injuries. The driver fled the scene but was later apprehended and charged with negligent homicide.
Shortly after this accident the Phoenix Police Department required all motorcycle officers to wear helmets while on duty.
Officer Stewart is survived by his wife, son, and eleven siblings.