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Charges Filed in Tragic Crash that Killed Officer on Interstate 85 in Franklin County, Georgia (GA)


July 28, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY, GA- Foxnews.com writes that a police officer in Georgia died in a crash on Interstate 85. The incident occurred when the officer was responding to an earlier crash scene. A driver lost control of his car and struck the 53-year-old deputy.*

Reports state that several cars had hydroplaned on the interstate on the night of the wreck, including the people the deputy was assisting. The victim was in the median when the driver, identified as a 21-year-old man, struck him. Responders rushed the officer to the hospital, where he died a short while later. 

Now the driver is facing charges for first-degree homicide by vehicle. 

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), about three out of four fatal crashes are caused by dangerous driving behaviors, including impaired driving, distracted driving, and speeding.

In 2019, 1,507 people died in these incidents. The previous year, the state lost 1,504 people indicating a small increase in deaths. Prior to 2019, the number of fatalities in the state declined for two years in a row. 

While traffic deaths went up slightly in Georgia, they dropped nationally. In fact, deaths dropped among drivers, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Car accident deaths were down in most parts of the country as well, with declines noted in nine out of ten regions. 

The only part of the country that saw a rise in fatal crashes was the southeast. Georgia is one of the states that makes up the only region in the nation that saw a rise in traffic deaths last year. The other states include Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. 

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Sources:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/georgia-deputy-killed-in-vehicle-accident

http://www.dot.ga.gov/DS/SafetyOperation/DAAA

https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/

https://www.ttnews.com/articles/fatalities-crashes-involving-trucks-increased-2019-nhtsa-estimates

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