NC trooper John S Horton dies after own brother James N Horton responds to traffic stop, hits trooper and detained driver

North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper John Horton

John S Horton, the North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who was killed on Monday, had been waiting for his brother James N Horton to arrive at the scene of a traffic stop at about 9pm in Rutherford County when he was struck.

The responding trooper, authorities said in a press release, lost control of his vehicle and hit his brother’s car and a motorcyclist who had been detained on High Shoals Church Road, roughly four miles southwest of Mooresboro.

The driver, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. John Horton, a 15-year veteran assigned to Rutherford County, was taken to a hospital in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he later died, said Knox.

James Horton was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and has since been released.

John Horton was a 15-year veteran of the department, the station reported.

“We mourn the loss of two people tragically killed in a crash in Rutherford County last night, including State Highway Patrol Trooper John Horton,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

“We are deeply grateful for his service to the people of North Carolina,” he said.

No charges have been filed in the incident, which is being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the highway patrol Collision Reconstruction Unit, Fox3 Now reported.


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