RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper, who was hit by his brother during a traffic stop Monday evening has died.
According to North Carolina Highway Patrol, Trooper John S. Horton was hit at 8:58 p.m. by a responding trooper, Trooper James N. Horton, during a traffic stop at High Shoals Church Road and Goodes Grove Church Road.
Highway Patrol said Trooper James Horton lost control of his vehicle upon approaching the traffic stop and hit the stationary patrol vehicle and subsequently struck Trooper John Horton and the detained driver who were standing along the roadside.
Trooper John Horton, a fifteen-year veteran assigned to Rutherford County, was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
John Horton graduated from Chase High School in Rutherford County.
He married his high school sweet heart and had six children.
“Our hearts are broken with the loss of our friend and our brother, Trooper John Horton” said Colonel Freddy L. Johnson Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “For all involved in this tragic event the coming days will undoubtedly be difficult, but we are committed to stand alongside with them with our thoughts, prayers and unwavering support.”
Troopers said the detained driver, later identified as 26-year-old Dusty Luke Beck of South Carolina, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trooper James Horton was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and has since been released.
The two involved troopers are brothers.
His body has been escorted back to Rutherford County. There will be a public funeral at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, N.C., however, details are not finalized.