What a terrible tragedy. Prayers for all involved.
Rutherford County, NC – North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP) Trooper John Horton died in the line of duty Monday night after being struck by his brother’s patrol vehicle during a traffic stop.
The fatal collision occurred shortly before 9 p.m. on Jan. 3 near the intersection of Goodes Grove Church Road and High Shoals Church Road southeast of Asheville, The Charlotte Observer reported.
Trooper John Horton, a 15-year NCHP veteran assigned to Rutherford County, had already detained the driver and was standing on the side of the road with him when his brother, NCHP Trooper James Horton, responded to the scene to assist him, according to WHNS.
As Trooper James Horton arrived at the stop, he lost control of his patrol vehicle and slammed into his brother’s parked cruiser.
“James Horton collided with the stationary patrol vehicle and subsequently struck Trooper John Horton and the detained driver who were standing along the roadside,” the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) said in a statement to The Charlotte Observer.
The detained driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trooper John Horton was rushed to a hospital in Spartanburg, where he succumbed to his injuries, The Charlotte Observer reported.
This week, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge refused to allow any delay of the state’s vaccine mandate that is set to begin on October 17th. The decision has already caused a wave of state troopers to file their paperwork to quit the force and even more are expected to resign before the mandate kicks in.