Patrolman William J. Smith, Jr.

Patrolman William J. Smith, Jr.

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, January 11, 1974

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William J. Smith, Jr.

Patrolman Smith was killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a traffic violator on N.C. Highway 101 in Carteret County. His vehicle struck a bridge abutment and burst into flames. Rescuers were unable to approach the vehicle when they arrived because his ammunition was exploding as a result of the heat.

Patrolman Smith was assigned to Troop A, District 8. He had been with the agency for 25 years and was survived by his wife and son, who later went into law enforcement.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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