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State Trooper Dies While Responding to Accident

There are 95 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Feb 1, 2008, titled State Trooper Dies While Responding to Accident. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

Department of Public Safety officials confirm a state trooper died while responding to an accident Friday in Orangeburg County.

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Adams_Columbia

Elgin, SC

#118 Feb 3, 2008
To Angie,the boys and Ms.Tracey
You will always be a part of lives even James "AKA ROCK" is no longer here among us in the natural.But rest ashore family, the fond memories of him will never be forgotten they will always remain in our hearts.Peace and God Bless each everyone in the Haynes family direct and indirectly.Mr.& Mrs. Lance Adams.
McCoy Family

Maxton, NC

#119 Feb 3, 2008
I just saw Roc last week... and I hate I didn't say more. All too often thats the way it goes. I miss my friend. Stay strong for your boys Angie.

Many prayers to his family which will no doubt cary on his legacy and name. God bless.
mac

Laurinburg, NC

#120 Feb 3, 2008
1134PermaBan wrote:
<quoted text>REPOST!- You need to man up!...or was this a lover of yours?
that was a very ugly comment
Retpolfstsgt

Independence, OR

#121 Feb 3, 2008
Unfortunately this Officer was doing what quite a lot of Officers do. Overdriving his vehicle, lights and siren. With the adrenalin rush of the run they loose perspective to the conditions and other traffic. almost halve of all line of duty deaths are traffic related. It is better to slow down ,pay attention and get there alive. Lights and siren are not an absolute the are a warning devise only. Use common sense. I am sorry for his loss but Please Officers take heed, learn from his mistake. A few seconds later may save a life, your own.
Navajo

Lexington, SC

#122 Feb 3, 2008
Oddly wrote:
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Not arguing, certainly at a time like this, but I find it hard to believe that there is any exception for emergency vehicle drivers regarding seat belt laws. One would think that they would be at the highest risk, especially when responding to an emergency. I believe that all of the professionals do their best to stay within the law but I have seen some volunteers (fire fighters, rescue squad) that were responding in their personal vehicles that certainly were driving very fast and at times careless.
I remember a long time ago, I sat in a troopers car at a demo and there was a little sticker near the speedometer that said 'I Set The Example'.
I'm sure this trooper was an excellent example of the men and women that are in that profession.
my brother is a cop. he says the seat belt is uncomfortable because of his equipment....he also says cops dont ticket cops so he drives like a nut all the time.

“Come visit. Bring the kids.”

Since: Nov 07

Parts Unknown

#123 Feb 3, 2008
ejeffers wrote:
I feel so sad that we are losing so many of our good men in the line of duty. We just lost a trooper in the line of duty a few months ago? Anyway, even in death we have to trust God!
are you maybe thinking about the RC Deputy that had the heart attack?

“Come visit. Bring the kids.”

Since: Nov 07

Parts Unknown

#124 Feb 3, 2008
1134PermaBan wrote:
<quoted text>REPOST!- You need to man up!...or was this a lover of yours?
you are a cold, classless, sorry excuse for a human being. have you never cared enough about anyone to shed a tear when they died? it really wouldn't surprise me if you said no. but that would probably mean that no one will cry for you either.

RIP, Trooper Haynes.
JAY BIRD

Camden, SC

#125 Feb 4, 2008
1134PermaBan wrote:
<quoted text>REPOST!- You need to man up!...or was this a lover of yours?
WHILE YOU HUGGING YOUR COMPUTER WHERE IS YOUR LOVER
JAY BIRD

Camden, SC

#126 Feb 4, 2008
Navajo wrote:
<quoted text>my brother is a cop. he says the seat belt is uncomfortable because of his equipment....he also says cops dont ticket cops so he drives like a nut all the time.
WELL THATS YOUR BROTHER TELL HIM TO GET IT TOGETHER BEFORE YOU NEED TO WEAR BLACK TOO.
JAY BIRD

Camden, SC

#127 Feb 4, 2008
I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT TIME HAS FLEW BY I NEVER THOUGH THAT SO SOON I WOULD HAVE TO CRY OVER SOMEONE THAT I CARED ABOUT SO MUCH WISHING THAT WE COULD HAVE KEPT IN TOUCH, WHEN I WAS LITTLE YOU ALWAYS SMILIED NEVER LETTING NOTHING OR NO ONE GET YOU DOWN, WHEN YOU WENT TO COLLEGE HOME IS WERE I SAT WAITING ON YOU AND LUNDY TO COME BACK BUT NOW YOUR GONE BECAUSE THE LORD HAS CALLED YOU HOME AND I WAS JUST ABOUT TO CALL YOU ON THE PHONE
I LOVE YOU JASONYA A GEIGER GILYARD(JAY BIRD)
Capt Obvious

Columbia, SC

#128 Feb 4, 2008
Retpolfstsgt wrote:
Unfortunately this Officer was doing what quite a lot of Officers do. Overdriving his vehicle, lights and siren. With the adrenalin rush of the run they loose perspective to the conditions and other traffic. almost halve of all line of duty deaths are traffic related. It is better to slow down ,pay attention and get there alive. Lights and siren are not an absolute the are a warning devise only. Use common sense. I am sorry for his loss but Please Officers take heed, learn from his mistake. A few seconds later may save a life, your own.
Where are people getting that he was speeding? From someone I have spoken to who is part of the investigation, it does not appear that he was traveling above the speed limit. The preliminary cause of the accident is hydroplaning, which can occur at speeds lower than the posted speed limit. You can see from the video and photo that there was standing water in the road long after his crash, which I would blame on the state DOT for not better maintaining the roads and allowing them to get ruts which allow water to pool up and not drain as it should.
Stacey Jacobs

United States

#129 Feb 6, 2008
This was devastating news to have heard. Our prayers go out to his family and others who have been touched by this tragedy. It's generally a great loss to at least one person when another person dies. It is indeed a grave loss to our entire society when a civil servant loses his (or her) life while in the line of duty. They daily sacrifice so much in serving their fellow citizens, people like us.

Though I haven't seen him for many years, "Rock" left an indelible impression on me since our football days at Keenan. That impression--of his kind spirit, always upbeat demeanor, and dedication--seems to have made the same indentation on the hearts and minds of many others as well.

Godspeed, peace, security, comfort, and blessings to his family and others who grieve at the loss of our brother.
sad

Columbia, SC

#130 Feb 7, 2008
it was a sad look on farrow rd.yesterday.my prayers are with the family
Debora Brown-Redmond

Montclair, NJ

#131 Feb 12, 2008
R.I.P. my cousin, you are in GODS hands now.
Bronx, NY
Retpolfstsgt

Independence, OR

#132 Feb 12, 2008
Capt Obvious wrote:
<quoted text>Where are people getting that he was speeding? From someone I have spoken to who is part of the investigation, it does not appear that he was traveling above the speed limit. The preliminary cause of the accident is hydroplaning, which can occur at speeds lower than the posted speed limit. You can see from the video and photo that there was standing water in the road long after his crash, which I would blame on the state DOT for not better maintaining the roads and allowing them to get ruts which allow water to pool up and not drain as it should.


I did not say anything about speeding I said overdriving his vehicle. Officers must take into consideration the elements around them. If hydroplaning was the cause . He was driving to fast for conditions. I fell sorry for his family. Nothing I can say will bring him back. I still say don't let the event over ride you. Think of the conditions and drive accordantly. I have over 23 years experience and have taken the Bob Bondurant School of high performance driving course at the Ontario Motor Speedway in CA.

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