Van Buren freeway could get new name

Jul 29, 2013

Kalamazoo Public Safety patrol car (file photo)
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A stretch of I-94 in Van Buren County could be named in honor of a Michigan State Police trooper who was killed in the line of duty.

State Representative Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) has sponsored a bill that would rename part of the freeway as the "Trooper Rick L. Johnson Highway". Johnson was killed in May 2000 when a passing car crashed into is police cruiser, pinning him between the two vehicles. The incident occurred during a routine traffic stop. Nesbitt says Johnson was a "dedicated member of the law enforcement community" who talked a suicidal man off of a highway overpass the day before his death.

I-94 in Kalamazoo County has been named in honor of Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Eric Zapata who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2011.