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A North Carolina State Highway Patrol officer died after being run over by his brother, who is also a policeman during a traffic stop, authorities reported Tuesday.
Officer James N. Horton was on his way to help with a traffic stop being made by his brother, John S. Horton, on Monday night.
As he approached the scene of the traffic stop, James lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the patrol car where his brother was, hitting both him and the driver he had stopped while they were standing on the side of the road. reported local Sgt. Chris Knox.
Following the impact of the vehicle, the driver identified as Dusty Luke Beck was pronounced dead in the game, while John Horton, a 15-year service veteran assigned to Rutherford County, He was taken to a hospital in Spartanburg, South Carolina and died moments later.Knox added.
For his part, James Horton was taken to a hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries, but was discharged after being treated.
“Our hearts are broken for the loss of our friend and brother, Private John Horton“Said Colonel Freddy L. Johnson Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol.
“For everyone involved in this tragic event, the next few days will undoubtedly be difficult, but we are committed to standing with them with our thoughts, prayers and unwavering support,” added Johnson Jr.
Meanwhile, the Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, regretted what happened and sent condolences to his family and friends.
“In particular, I want to extend my condolences to the friends and family of State Highway Patrol Agent John Horton and Mr. Dusty Luke Beck, who died last night in a tragic road accident in Rutherford County. Cooper said.
So far, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the accident., and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Collision Reconstruction Unit is also assisting in the investigation.
With information from WYFF
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