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Retired Police Officer Assisting in Funeral Procession is Seriously Injured After Being Struck by Tractor-Trailer

August 19, 2019

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GEORGIA – As reported in online news articles published by,, and, a retired DeKalb County police officer helping with a funeral procession was hit by a tractor-trailer, resulting in serious injuries.*

A 57-year-old retired DeKalb County police officer who regularly assists in funeral processions was struck by a tractor-trailer during a funeral procession, causing the officer to sustain serious injuries.  The accident happened in the early afternoon at the entrance of the Georgia National Cemetery on Knox Bridge Highway in Canton.

According to a spokesperson for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the retired police officer was on his personal motorcycle at the time of the accident and allegedly pulled out in front of the tractor-trailer.  

The retired police officer was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for treatment of serious injuries but was listed as stable.  The driver of the tractor-trailer did not sustain any injuries in the accident.  Currently, no charges are pending against the tractor-trailer driver.

The accident caused major traffic delays that affected school buses transporting children home at the end of the school day.  

Injuries Associated with Tractor-Trailer and Motorcycle Accidents

A substantial number of tractor-trailer accidents involving passenger vehicles and motorcycles result in fatal injuries.  Additionally, most accidents involving tractor-trailers happen on highways where speed is a contributing factor to the severity of injuries.  

When tractor-trailer accidents happen at very slow speeds, victims are more likely to survive the accidents.  However, even at low speeds, the injuries resulting from tractor-trailer accidents – especially those involving a motorcyclist – can result in severe injuries or death.  Examples of injuries associated with tractor-trailer and motorcycle accidents include, among others, the following:

  • Broken or shattered bones, many of which require multiple orthopedic surgeries;
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including severe concussions;
  • Amputations;
  • Burns;
  • Internal bleeding;
  • Organ damage;
  • Neck and back injuries which may lead to paralysis in some cases;
  • And soft tissue injuries, such as torn muscles, tendons or ligaments; and
  • Death.

Every accident is unique.  As such, injuries associated with accidents will vary from person to person.  Nonetheless, any tractor-trailer accident can have serious and life-changing consequences when a victim sustains serious injuries.

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