Smyrna Police Officer Killed in Tragic Crash in Smyrna, Georgia (GA)
SMYRNA, GA- Patch.com writes that an officer in Smyrna died this week in a crash involving an SUV. The victim was identified as a 34-year-old man who had been with the Smyrna police department for two years. Reports indicate that he had been a member of the U.S. Air Force prior to becoming a police officer. The officer left behind a wife and three children.*
The other driver involved in a crash was identified as a 35-year-old man from Duluth. The man was also injured in the crash and was transported to the WellStar Kennestone Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The wreck occurred in the late evening at the intersection of South Cobb Drive and Oak Drive. Charges have been filed against the man, including failure to yield, DUI, homicide by vehicle, and tampering with evidence. The details of what transpired prior to the crash have not been reported, but police stated that the victim died in the line of duty.
Drunk drivers kill more than 10,000 people a year in the United States. About 30 lives are lost each day in collisions involving these motorists. Although drunk driving deaths dropped by about one third over the past 30 years, they still account for about 29 percent of all crash-related fatalities.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes that no one should ever get behind the wheel while impaired. In order to prevent the temptation to do so, drivers who plan on engaging in social activities that involve alcohol should make plans for a safe ride home prior to starting to consume alcohol. It is also important to speak up and prevent friends from getting behind the wheel drunk.
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