Patrolman William James Smith, Jr.

Patrolman William James Smith, Jr.

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, January 12, 1974

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William James Smith, Jr.

Patrolman William Smith was killed in an automobile crash 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 served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for 25 years and was survived by his wife and son, who later went into law enforcement, and by his daughter.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

single vehicle crash, vehicle pursuit

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Patrolman Smith,
Even though it’s been over 50 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of North Carolina. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 12, 2024

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