Georgia Police Officer Fired, Charged for Hit-and-Run that Injured Child
FLOYD COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news story from ajc.com, a Georgia police officer has been fired and criminally charged in connection with a hit-and-run collision that injured a child. Little information about the incident has been reported.*
Lt. Richard Penson, of the Rome Police Department, was off duty and driving his personal vehicle on Dean Avenue. Penson was involved in a collision at the Kid Stop located at 1700 Dean Avenue and left the scene. An unidentified 3-year-old child was injured in the collision. The circumstances of the crash have not been reported, and the child’s current condition is not known.
Penson surrendered to the Floyd County Jail on December 21 on charges of reckless driving, hit-and-run, and second-degree cruelty to children. The cruelty to children count carries felony penalties, while the other two counts are misdemeanors. Penson was also fired from his position on the police force.
The Rome Police Department has requested Georgia State Patrol handle the investigation of the case. No additional information has been reported at this time.
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, vehicle accidents in Floyd County have climbed unsteadily in the last several years. In 2012, a total of 3,300 vehicle accidents occurred in the county, leading to 826 injuries and 16 deaths. Those numbers fell slightly during the next few years and rose again in 2015. A total of 3,542 accidents occurred in Floyd County in 2015, leading to 894 injuries and 14 deaths.
During a five-year period between 2012 and 2016, the highest number of fatal vehicle accidents in Floyd County occurred in 2016, when 18 people died in motor vehicle crashes. The fatal crashes that year included three pedestrians and two motorcyclists.
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