A portion of Highway 16 will be dedicated next Tuesday in honor of a Washington State Patrol trooper who was killed four years earlier.
The dedication ceremony in honor of Trooper Tony Radulescu takes place at 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 23, outside the Washington State Department of Transportation Office, 8293 SE Spring Creek Road, Port Orchard. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 45 minutes.
Radulescu was a 16-year veteran of the WSP. He was killed on Feb. 23, 2012, while conducting an early morning traffic stop on Highway 16 in Gorst. The driver of the pickup truck Radulescu stopped reportedly shot him. He was later discovered near his patrol car and transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, where he was pronounced dead.
The Washington State Department of Transportation passed a resolution to rename a portion of Highway 16 as the WSP Trooper Tony Radulescu Memorial Highway, according to a press release from the WSP. Memorial signs will be posted on the highway. Once will be placed on westbound Highway 16 near the border between Kitsap and Pierce Counties, and the second will be placed on eastbound Highway 16 near milepost 28.