Off-duty trooper killed in Hingham crash

Don Conkey

State Police Trooper Gregory Porter died today after his car hit a tree in Hingham, police said.

Porter, 33, of Hingham, was not on duty when his car, a 2000 Hyundai Elantra, struck a tree at the intersection of Central and Emerald streets at 12:36 a.m., police said. Porter was alone in the car.

He was taken to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth were he was pronounced dead.

Porter joined State Police in 2002 and was assigned to the Norwell barracks. He was commended for his role in pulling a driver from a car that was engulfed in flames following a car accident in Bourne on Feb. 7, 2006. 

"There is a profound sadness among the troops today, as we deal with the tragic death of one of our own," said Col. Mark F. Delaney, superintendent of State of Police.

"During his brief career, Trooper Gregory Porter had distinguished himself with an award for saving lives....He will be sorely missed."

Porter is survived by his wife and two children, his parents and three brothers.

Hingham Police and State Police continue to investigate the accident.