Constable

Willis J. Jacob

OPP ~ Barrie Detachment

October 3rd, 1958

Age: 35 / 3 years service

 

Willis J. Jacob was married with 1 child.

 


Circumstances

PC Jacob was killed October 3, 1958 while on patrol on Highway 11 northbound. This particular stretch of road was a divided, four lane highway to the north and an undivided two lane highway to the south of the Orillia bypass. A vehicle traveling southbound on the divided portion of the highway went out of control, hitting a road sign then sliding towards the undivided portion of the highway. The vehicle was without lights as it crossed into the northbound lane on the two lane portion. This vehicle missed two northbound cars before hitting the OPP cruiser head on in the northbound lane. Both drivers were killed instantly.