Greenville, SC - A South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper was killed on duty Tuesday, when a pickup truck crashed into his parked police cruiser.
Trooper Daniel Rebman, age 31, died hours after he arrived at Greenville Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.
The accident occurred just before 12:30 am in the southbound lanes of I-385, near the Bridges Road exit, according to WSPA.
Trooper Rebman was inside his patrol vehicle, parked in an emergency lane, when a pick-up truck left its lane, and crashed into the rear of the trooper's cruiser.
He was transported to a local hospital where he died about 3 PM. The coroner said Trooper Rebman's cause of death was blunt force trauma from the crash.
Ryan Flood, of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, said it will be "a few days" before a decision is made about whether charges will be against the other driver.
The driver of the pickup truck was not injured in the collision.
Trooper Rebman joined the South Carolina Highway Patrol with Basic Class 99 in September of 2016.
He was first assigned to the Charleston and Berkeley area, and was then transferred to Troop Three in the Greenville area.
"The Highway Patrol and DPS [Department of Public Safety] are a family, and we are here to support Trooper Rebman and his family during this time.
"We ask the public to keep Trooper Rebman and his family in their thoughts and prayers,” South Carolina Public Safety Director Leroy Smith said in a written statement.
The Greenville Police Department expressed their condolences via social media.
"Our hearts are heavy at the news that South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Rebman has died from injuries suffered on the job,” the post said.
Trooper Rebman is survived by his wife, and three daughters, ages 2, 4, and 5.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support his family. Please click on the link if you wish to donate.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Rebman, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Trooper Daniel Rebman, your life mattered.