On January 19, 1931, Trooper James M. MacLarnon was killed instantly as he crossed the Southern State Parkway. Trooper MacLarnon was assigned traffic control at the traffic booth located at the intersection of the Southern State and Wantagh Parkways. After he parked his motorcycle on the highway shoulder and was walking toward a fixed post he was struck by a vehicle traveling west on the Southern State Parkway.
Trooper MacLarnon was one of the original “K” Troop members who was assigned to the Long Island Parkway detail. He was a four-year veteran of the State Police, originally serving at White Plains and assigned to Bethpage at the time of his death.