State renames part of Highway 16 after slain trooper Tony Radulescu

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- With a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Washington State Transportation Commission renamed part of State Route 16 after state trooper Tony Radulescu.

"Trooper Tony" as he was known by his friends, died on the highway near Gorst in February 2012, when he pulled over a pickup and the driver shot him.

In September, friends and fellow troopers began the effort to rename the highway.

The state will hold a dedication ceremony next month.

The section of highway named after the trooper runs from Milepost 18 to Milepost 28.

Radulescu was born in 1967 in Bucharest, Romania, and emigrated to the U.S. He graduated from Harrison High School in Harrison, New Jersy. He served  in the  Army from 1986 to 1996 and remained an active member of the Army Reserve until retiring in 2008 after 20 years of military service to his country.

Radulescu was hired by the State Patrol 1995 and was commissioned out of the 79th trooper class in 1996.

He left behind a son, many relatives, loved ones, friends and colleagues.

Part of the resolution passed by the Transportation Commission reads:

“Tony Radulescu loved his work, had great compassion for people and provided outstanding professional service as a trooper for 16 years. Trooper Radulescu was well-known for his ever-present smile and was respected and admired by the schools and communities in Kitsap County and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.”