KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
James Martin Leach
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Saturday, May 2, 1992
Born: July 23, 1953
Age: 38
Tour of Duty: 14 years
Badge #: 310
Cause of death: Vehicular assault
Suspect information: Denied parole 2004
On Saturday, May 2, 1992 at 2:40 a.m. Sgt. Leach was enforcing traffic regula-tions in Westport, when he and two other men were hit by a drunk driver, 27 year old Joseph A. Smith of Platte Woods, Missouri. Sgt. Leach was standing inside barricades used frequently to block Westport Road, ensuring that cars didn't enter the street packed with pedestrian traffic. The 27 year old driver was speeding east on Westport Road, crashed through the barricades hitting the men, fled the scene, then crashed through another set of barricades just west of Broadway. He attempted to flee the scene on foot but was captured. The driver was not seriously injured.

Sgt. Leach and another man were pronounced dead at area hospitals. The third victim sustained minor injuries. The suspect was charged with two counts of Second Degree Murder. Police believe the suspect purposely crashed through the barricade hitting the men. The suspect's blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was .24. He was driving on a suspended license for a previous D.U.I. The suspect was convicted of Sergeant Leach's murder and sent to prison. He was denied parole in 2004.

Sergeant Leach is survived by his wife, son and daughter.