He married his high school sweet heart and 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.”
Troopers said the detained driver, later identified as 26-year-old Dusty Luke Beck of South Carolina, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trooper James Horton was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and has since been released.
The two involved troopers are brothers.