Colonel Chris Williamson, Director of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and Leroy Smith, Director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, sadly report the death of Trooper Daniel Rebman Jr.
Trooper Rebman, 31, was seated in his Ford Taurus patrol vehicle on the shoulder of I-385 freeway. Shortly before 12:30 am, while he was seated in his patrol unit, an individual driving a pick up truck struck him from behind at a high rate of speed.
Citizens who came upon the crash moments after it occurred, called 911 and attempted to render aid to Rebman. One citizen reported that he cut away the deployed air bag of the patrol vehicle and could see that the trooper was breathing but unresponsive.
Rebman was trapped inside the car, but was extricated by the Greenville Fire Department. He was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Rebman succumbed to the injuries and passed away later in the afternoon.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Department is conducting the crash investigation.
Daniel Rebman Jr. served the South Carolina Highway patrol for just over one year. He was assigned to Troop Three in the Greenville area. He was previously assigned to Troop Six, which is the Charleston-Berkley area detachment. Rebman also served as a Greenville County dispatcher from 2012 to 2016 prior to enlisting with the Highway Patrol.
— Greenville SC Police (@GvlPD) October 24, 2017
His wife, Michelle, their three daughters 2, 4, and 5, his parents and a sister survive him.
Trooper Daniel Rebman is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, October 24, 2017.
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