When people in Georgia think of motor vehicle accidents, they probably think of collisions between civilian vehicles. Law enforcement officers are the ones who respond to the scene, assess the situation, facilitate treatment for those who need it, keep the public safe and traffic moving along smoothly.
However, that is not necessarily the way it always happens. In fact, law enforcement officers are as vulnerable to accidents on the roadways as civilian drivers. Residents of Glascock County, Georgia, received a somber reminder of that fact last Tuesday afternoon when a 19-year-old deputy with the sheriff’s department died in a collision with another vehicle.
At the time of the accident, the deputy was on his way to Washington, Georgia, to pick someone up at the Regional Youth Detention Center. He allegedly failed to stop for a stop sign. A female driver in another vehicle reportedly collided with his as he entered a northbound lane.
It is unclear whether the deputy died at the scene or went to the hospital before succumbing to his injuries. What is clear is that his vehicle traveled more than 60 feet due to the force of the collision before coming to a stop. The condition of the other driver is not available at this time, although authorities confirm transporting her to a nearby hospital.
A statement from the sheriff’s office describes the deputy as a great young man with aspirations to become a law enforcement officer at the federal level. Those who have had youthful dreams destroyed in a car accident may find it helpful to seek the services of an attorney.