A former South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper is charged with reckless homicide after investigators said he caused a fatal crash by running a stop sign while speeding.
Richland County Sheriff’s deputies said they arrested 28-year-old Brandon Norton on Wednesday. A spokesman said Norton was in his patrol car driving 80 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone when he ran a stop sign and crashed into a minivan on July 13.
The driver and passenger of the other car were taken to the hospital. The passenger 81-year-old Rigba Wolfe died from his injuries a month later, according to the county coroner’s office.
A Highway Patrol spokesman said Norton resigned five days before Wolfe’s death. The Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrested Norton at home Wednesday.
Wolfe was a former Air Force veteran and retired Baptist pastor, according to an obituary published at the time.
Deputies have not said if Norton was responding to a call or had his emergency lights on. The crash occurred along S.C. Highway 215 north of Columbia.