GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol says Trooper Daniel K. Rebman Jr., 31, has died after a crash on I-385 near Greenville.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened in the southbound lanes near the Bridges Road exit just before 12:30 a.m.
According to the Highway Patrol, Greenville Trooper Daniel K. Rebman was inside his patrol vehicle, parked in an emergency lane.
Deputies say a pickup truck left its lane and hit the trooper’s vehicle from behind.
Ryan Flood with the Greenville Co. Sheriff’s Office says it will be a few days before they announce if any charges will be filed against the driver of the pickup truck.
The sheriff’s office says no one else was injured in the collision. All southbound lanes of I-385 were closed for several hours before being reopened early Tuesday.
The coroner reports he died of Blunt Force Trauma and the manner of death was an accident.
Trooper Rebman joined SCHP with Basic Class 99 in September, 2016. He is a Florida native who began his time with the South Carolina Highway Patrol in the Charleston and Berkeley area. Rebman was later transferred to Troop Three in the Greenville area.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the collision and will release details of the collision.
“The Highway Patrol and DPS are a family, and we are here to support Trooper Rebman and his family during this time,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith in a written release. “We ask the public to keep Trooper Rebman and his family in their thoughts and prayers.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Trooper Rebman.
The Heroes In Blue Foundation issued a statement Tuesday afternoon
At approximately 12:30 AM on Interstate 385 in Greenville County, Trooper Daniel Rebman was stationary in his patrol vehicle when he was struck behind from by a truck causing multiple injuries. Sadly, we now know that these injuries were fatal as Trooper Rebman passed away at approximately 3:00 pm this afternoon.
Trooper Rebman is survived by his wife and three young daughters ages 2, 4 and 5.
Heroes in Blue Founder, Kassy Alia, stated, “My heart deeply aches for Trooper Rebman’s family, especially his wife and three young daughters, and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement. I picture his wife today and the story is all too familiar. That is why we are coordinating this campaign – to give back to a hero who gave his life in service to others and to provide his wife and three daughters with financial support to carry them forward during this immensely tragic time.”
In coordination with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program (SCLEAP) and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Heroes In Blue has helped put together a GoFundMe account for Trooper Rebman and his family.