Police Officer Killed in Georgia Car Crash
CARTERSVILLE, GA- Fox8.com writes that police officers in Cartersville are mourning the loss of one of their own officers. The victim was killed in a crash last week when she was off duty. The 32-year-old veteran of the Navy was a mother to five children. The officer’s cruiser was placed on display for members of the community to pay their respects.*
Reports indicate that the crash involved three vehicles that collided in the early evening in Dallas in GA 6. The victim was in a Kia Sorento and traveling eastbound in the left lane when she veered onto a median. The officer attempted to correct and reentered the eastbound lanes before overcorrecting again, crossing the median and entering oncoming traffic.
A westbound Jeep Renegade then collided with the passenger side of the Sorento, and a 2012 Ford Fusion struck the back of the Jeep. Responders rushed the officer to the WellStar Paulding Hospital, where medical personnel declared her dead. The individuals in the other two vehicles also suffered injuries in the wreck. The conditions of those individuals are not yet known at this time.
Car crashes declined in Georgia in the last few years. The state is trying to decrease the number of deadly accidents that occur on its roadways with traffic safety initiatives and new legislation. The recently enacted hands-free law was put in place to lower the number of collisions, and according to officials, is working. Still, the state has a long way to go in reducing traffic deaths, especially because pedestrian fatalities are continuing to rise. Georgia also has been found to have a higher than average rate of drunk drivers despite having strict impairment-related laws.
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Sources:https://fox8.com/2020/02/02/shell-be-sorely-missed-georgia-officer-killed-in-car-crash-department-mourns-her-loss/ and https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/breaking-cartersville-police-officer-killed-paulding-county-wreck/s1aiD59rJlGInGpkKAnCfP/ and https://allongeorgia.com/georgia-state-news/map-monday-highest-drunk-driving-fatality-rates-in-the-u-s/ and https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/
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