A North Carolina state soldier accidentally hit and killed his brother while answering a call for backup


“A nightmare you can’t get out of.”

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper John Horton. North Carolina State Highway Patrol

James Lovelace heard the accident Outside their home in rural North Carolina Monday night, the State Highway Patrol spotted the cruiser and feared something bad had happened to their good friend Trooper John Horton.

lovelace Told WSOC He fled to the scene and found Horton’s younger brother, James “Nick” Horton, also a state soldier. James Horton trying to answer his brother’s request for backup, at a traffic stop near the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Mooresboro said in a news release, Instead, he lost control of his cruiser and rammed his brother’s patrol car, which collided with John Horton and the man he had detained on the side of the road.

When Lovelace came upon it, James Horton was already distraught about his older brother.

“He was terrified,” Lovelace told WSOC,

According to Highway Patrol, John Horton, a 15-year veteran of the state police, was taken to hospital where he died. motorcyclist he was pulled up, 26 years old According to the report, Dusty Beck died on the spot. WSPA, James Horton was treated for minor injuries in hospital and was released.

“Our hearts are broken by the loss of our friend and our brother, Trooper John Horton,” Commander of the State Highway Patrol, Colonel Freddie Johnson Jr., wrote in the news release. “The days ahead will undoubtedly be difficult for all those involved in this tragic event, but we remain committed to standing with them with our thoughts, prayers and unwavering support.”

a family friend of the Horton brothers Told WSOC Tragedy is “like a nightmare you can’t get out of.”

On the Sunday before the accident, Governor Roy Cooper warning North Carolina says severe winter storms could hit the state for the next 24 to 48 hours, potentially causing flooding along the coast and up to nine inches of snow in the mountains. on Monday, Temperatures in Rutherford County, where the Hortons patrolled, fell from the mid-50s in the early morning to froze at 8:30 p.m. snow and hail Stones were pelted in the area throughout the day.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol did not release details about the cause of the accident, but said the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the matter.

A little before 9 p.m., John Horton pulled Beck over to the country past the southwestern part of the state and took him into custody. He gave his brother the radio for backup, according to WSPA, As James Horton came up the hill leading to his older brother’s traffic stop, he lost control of his patrol car, WSOC Reported. It collided with his brother’s parked cruiser, which struck John Horton and Beck.

John Horton graduated high school in Rutherford County, according to WSPA, He married his high school sweetheart, and the couple had six children.

Beck was the father of three daughters, WHNS Reported.

“He loved his kids and he just loved to live,” wrote Beck’s sister, Celedia Carver. gofundme page To raise money for funeral expenses. “He lived as he wanted free and was only going a mile” [minute] Making you laugh and remembering her beautiful smile. ,

On Tuesday, a mourner reached the accident site with a hammer and a wooden cross. He buried it in the ground, a few inches from a bouquet of white roses and a few feet from the railing that had been damaged the night before.

John Horton, Lovelace Told WSOC, “One of the greatest men I’ve ever met.”

“Why couldn’t they choose someone else?”