Senior Trooper Michael Joseph Rao

Senior Trooper Michael Joseph Rao

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, June 12, 2002

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Michael Joseph Rao

Senior Trooper Michael Rao succumbed to injuries sustained two days earlier when he was struck by a pickup truck while assisting a motorist on southbound I-95, near Manning, at 8:30.

The pickup truck veered off of the road, struck his patrol car and the other vehicle, before landing on Trooper Rao. Trooper Rao was flown to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Trooper Rao was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for four years. He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, parents, and sister.

On June 12th, 2020, South Carolina Highway Patrol K9 Rao died after having served with the agency for nine years. K9 Rao was named after Senior Trooper Michael Rao.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 941
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Monday, June 10, 2002

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