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Trooper Daniel E. Smith | Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi

Trooper

Daniel E. Smith

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi

End of Watch: Saturday, November 7, 1959

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 7 months

Badge # 244

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Convicted

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Trooper Daniel Smith was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Highway 80, east of Newton, at approximately 11:35 pm. He and his partner had stopped another car and were searching it for illegal whiskey.

As the troopers and the driver of the vehicle stood by the trunk another car struck the rear of the patrol car, crushing the three between the patrol car and the car that had been stopped. Trooper Smith and the man they had stopped were both killed. The other trooper was seriously injured.

The suspect was convicted in connection with Trooper Smith's death, but the judge did not sentence him to any jail time because he had three small children.

Trooper Smith had been served with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety for 7 months and was assigned to Troop H. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.

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Thank you Trooper Smith for your service to the Great State of Mississippi! You will never be forgotten! Rest in Peace fellow "RedLeg"!

TFC Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol
May 28, 2014

 

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