According to a 2016 study done by the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, traffic-related accidents account for a majority of police officer deaths. Of the 684 deaths that were examined during that time period, 272 officers were killed in a motor vehicle crash or by being struck by a motor vehicle. Many of these crashes were not related to a call for service or a case of self-initiated activity. The findings of the study called on police officers to slow down, wear seatbelts, and wear issued body armor.
The Gwinnett Daily Post reports on a multi-vehicle accident involving a police officer that shut down I-85 near Lawrenceville. The accident happened last Monday, shutting down the interstate during the afternoon rush hour for nearly two-and-a-half hours.
22-year-veteran Todd Ramsey of the Gwinnett County Police department notified the Gwinnett County 911 center that he had been in a collision shortly before 5:30 p.m.
Officer Ramsey had been traveling north on Interstate 85 in his marked patrol car. He struck the rear end of a Kia Sorrento, beginning the chain-reaction crash. The force with which Ramsey’s vehicle hit the Kia forced it into the back of a Hyundai Elantra that was traveling in front of it. The vehicles were located on a hill, which caused Ramsey’s vehicle to slide back into a Chevy Silverado.
Ramsey and Sarah Wood, the 33-year-old driver of the Kia, were both seriously injured. Ramsey has since been moved from the ICU department but is still hospitalized. At one point, 5 of the 6 northbound lanes of the interstate were shut down.
The collision is being investigated by the Gwinnett County PD’s Accident Investigation Unit.
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