New Bloomfield police officer dies 2 years after being struck by drunk driver

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | 9:44 p.m. CDT; updated 7:26 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 27, 2014

COLUMBIA — Michael Tufts, who had been in a coma since a drunk driver struck his truck in 2012, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. He was 25.

Tufts worked at New Bloomfield Police Department for four months. Christopher Hammann, the New Bloomfield police chief, said Tufts was a very likeable guy who “shined wherever he went.”

Since he was young, Tufts always wanted to be a police officer and was looking forward to becoming a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper, Hammann said. The department is planning to retire Tufts’ badge.

Patricia Tufts described her son as “a good old country boy who loved the outdoors.” He came to life at the police department, she said, and he was grateful to serve the community. She said she is glad her son is remembered by so many people.

Tufts was driving on Providence Road on the night of Dec. 6, 2012, when a drunk driver crossed the median and collided with his truck, according to previous Missourian reporting. Tufts’ passenger, Michelle Morrow, died a few hours after the accident.

Services will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Another service will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the same place. A police procession will accompany Tufts from Columbia to St. Louis, where he will be buried.

Supervising editor is Adam Aton.

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