Police: Speeding trooper who ran stop sign charged in death
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A former South Carolina trooper has been charged with reckless homicide after authorities say he caused a fatal crash by running a stop sign while speeding.
Richland County Sheriff's Lt. Curtis Wilson says 28-year-old Brandon Norton was arrested Wednesday.
Wilson says Norton was in his patrol car driving 80 mph in a 40-mph zone on July 13 when he ran a stop sign in northern Richland County and slammed into a minivan.
Wilson said in a statement that an 81-year-old passenger in the van died from a head injury a month later.
Wilson didn't respond to an email asking if Norton was on duty, was responding to a call or had his blue lights on.
The Highway Patrol says Norton resigned on Aug. 13 after a year with the force.