Edgefield, SC – Johnston Police Corporal James Chapman, 30, was killed in a traffic crash on Friday night, Dec. 8.
The incident occurred about 10:15 p.m. on S.C. Highway 23 between Fairway Drive and J.E.T. Middle School , according to WRDW.
Cpl. Chapman was enroute to back up another officer who was dealing with an armed suspect when his vehicle, a Ford Explorer, hydroplaned.
He lost control of his vehicle, went off the left shoulder of the road, hit several trees, and was ejected from his vehicle, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
No one else was in the vehicle, and no other vehicles were involved.
Cpl. Chapman was transported to Augusta University Medical Center, where he died from head trauma about 11:48 p.m., according to the Edgefield County deputy coroner’s office.
Cpl. Chapman had served with the Johnston Police Department since July, 2015. He served with the U.S. Marines from 2010-2014, and his service included a deployment to Afghanistan, according to WLTX.
The crash remains under investigation.
Johnston Police Cpl. James Eric Chapman is survived by his wife, one child, several stepchildren, his parents, and other family members.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Cpl. James Chapman, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.