Corporal Charles Richard (Chuck) Nesbitt Jr. Sumter Police Department South Carolina End of Watch: Friday, January 21, 2011

Photograph: Corporal Charles Richard (Chuck) Nesbitt Jr.Patch image: Sumter Police Department, South Carolina

Corporal Charles Richard (Chuck) Nesbitt Jr.
Sumter Police Department
South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, January 21, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 39
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Friday, January 21, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Corporal Chuck Nesbitt was killed in an automobile accident on Highway 521 near Rembert, South Carolina, at approximately 3:00 pm.
He and another officer were en route to serve a warrant when an oncoming vehicle crossed the center line and struck their patrol car head-on. Both officers were transported to a local hospital where Corporal Nesbitt succumbed to his injuries.
Corporal Nesbitt had served with the Sumter Police Department for 10 years.

Agency Contact Information
Sumter Police Department
107 East Hampton Avenue
Sumter, SC 29150
Phone: (803) 436-2700
Please contact the Sumter Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) – A Sumter Police officer is dead after a head-on collision involving a law enforcement vehicle near the town of Rembert, according to the Sumter Police Department.

Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson identified the victim as 39-year-old Cpl. Charles "Chuck" Nesbitt Jr. Fellow officers say Nesbitt was a dedicated 10-year veteran who truly cared about his work and others.

"He was very close with his wife and parents," said Deputy Chief Russell Roark. "He was very dedicated in the community, and someone you could count on."

The incident happened on Highway 521 near Boykin Mill Road around 3:00pm. According to the Highway Patrol, Nesbitt’s police car was traveling south and a silver Kia SUV was traveling north when the vehicles struck head-on.

Police said Nesbitt was traveling with Master Patrolman James Cox. They said the two were on their way back to Sumter after transporting a prisoner.

Both men were taken to KershawHealth, where Nesbitt was pronounced dead around 4:00pm. Cox was treated for his injuries. "Chuck is like our family, and it’s not unlike another situation where you have someone losing a family member," said Roark.

Now, this family turns to each other for support as they mourn the loss of one of their own. "We spend nights together, we spend weekends together. We spend time away from our families that other people don’t because of the work that we do, so it’s a very taxing time for us," said Roark.

A family remembering an officer who died serving the people for whom he cared.

The driver of the Kia was taken to Tuomey Hospital in Sumter County. There’s no word on the individual’s condition.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate how the accident happened. So far no criminal charges have been filed.

"The family requests their privacy during this time of bereavement," the release states. "On behalf of the Sumter City Police Department, we ask for your prayers during this somber time."

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