LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to name Interstate 94 in Van Buren County in honor of Michigan State Police Trooper Rick Johnson, who died in the line of duty in 2000.
Wednesday’s signing comes after the legislation was approved in the state House and Senate in December.
The roadway from roughly Mattawan to the Watervliet rest area will now be named the “Trooper Rick L. Johnson Memorial Freeway.”
On May 6, 2000, Johnson stopped a vehicle on westbound I-94. While returning to his patrol car, a third vehicle left the highway and crashed into his patrol car, pinning Johnson between the cars. The 35-year-old was taken to a hospital, where he died.