Trooper hit, killed by brother at traffic stop

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A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper has died after being hit by his brother, also a trooper, while the two were responding to a traffic stop, authorities announced Tuesday morning. It happened just before 9 p.m. Monday at High Shoals Church Road and Goodes Grove Church Road.Trooper James N. Horton was responding to assist with a traffic stop being conducted by Trooper John S. Horton when Trooper James Horton lost control of his vehicle upon approaching the traffic stop.Trooper James Horton collided with the stationary patrol vehicle and struck Trooper John Horton and the detained driver, who were standing along the roadside. Trooper John Horton, a 15-year veteran assigned to Rutherford County, was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries. Back The Blue NC told WYFF News 4 that John Horton 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.”The driver who was struck while being detained during the fatal collision has been identified as Dusty Luke Beck, 26 year old, of South Carolina, according to Sargent Chris Knox. Beck was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to Knox.”I particularly want to give deep condolences to the friends and family of State Highway Patrol Trooper John Horton and Mr. Dusty Luke Beck who were both killed in a tragic highway accident in Rutherford County last night,” said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Tuesday. Trooper James Horton was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and has since been released. Back The Blue NC has created a GoFundMe for the family. “I’m hoping that we can just help assist the family as much as possible, help relieve the burden and show them the love and the support that they deserve during this time,” said the group’s founder and CEO, Lindsay LiCausi.

A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper has died after being hit by his brother, also a trooper, while the two were responding to a traffic stop, authorities announced Tuesday morning.

It happened just before 9 p.m. Monday at High Shoals Church Road and Goodes Grove Church Road.

Trooper James N. Horton was responding to assist with a traffic stop being conducted by Trooper John S. Horton when Trooper James Horton lost control of his vehicle upon approaching the traffic stop.

nc state trooper dies after traffic stop

North Carolina State Highway Patrol

Trooper John Horton 

Trooper James Horton collided with the stationary patrol vehicle and struck Trooper John Horton and the detained driver, who were standing along the roadside.

Trooper John Horton, a 15-year veteran assigned to Rutherford County, was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries. Back The Blue NC told WYFF News 4 that John Horton had six children.

trooper james n. horton and his family

Back the Blue NC

Trooper James N. Horton and his family 

“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.”

The driver who was struck while being detained during the fatal collision has been identified as Dusty Luke Beck, 26 year old, of South Carolina, according to Sargent Chris Knox.

Beck was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to Knox.

“I particularly want to give deep condolences to the friends and family of State Highway Patrol Trooper John Horton and Mr. Dusty Luke Beck who were both killed in a tragic highway accident in Rutherford County last night,” said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Tuesday.

Trooper James Horton was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and has since been released.

Back The Blue NC has created a GoFundMe for the family.

“I’m hoping that we can just help assist the family as much as possible, help relieve the burden and show them the love and the support that they deserve during this time,” said the group’s founder and CEO, Lindsay LiCausi.

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