Policeman Smith lost control of his cruiser on the ramp of the Highway 61 overpass over Highway 17 about 1:40 am. The patrol car struck the abutment. Policeman Smith had been responding to a report of a robbery in progress at the Riverview Holiday Inn. The reported robbery was later found to be a less serious larceny.
Policeman Smith had recently been named Charleston Policeman of the Month in June.
Policeman Smith, a US Navy Veteran, is interred at Riverview Memorial Gardens in North Charleston, South Carolina. He was survived by his wife, son, mother, father, four sisters and four brothers.
Wesley John Smith‘s name has been engraved at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Memorial at the Statehouse in Columbia and the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC, located on panel “42, E -17”. A plaque bearing Wesley John Smith’s name is displayed at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame in Columbia.