Police often have to make decisions and react to situations without thinking upon their actions. This can often lead to mistakes and accidents, particularly when involving motor vehicles. One Dekalb County police officer was involved in an accident involving a jogger before crashing his patrol car into a house, as the Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports.
The incident occurred on July 25 on Chamblee Tucker Road just north of Lavista Road in Tucker. It was early in the morning on Tuesday when a Dekalb County Police officer accidentally hit a pedestrian before plowing into a home.
Just before 7:30 a.m., officer Ian MacGowan had to swerve his vehicle to avoid another car that had turned in front of him. Unfortunately, in trying to avoid one accident, he hit a jogger who had been engaging in her daily run. He had been responding to a call about a downed tree.
McGowan struck 66-year-old Janet Pickney and then crashed into a home at the intersection of Chamblee-Tucker and Brown road. The resident of the house, identified only as Carolyn, was at home at the time. She was not injured.
A cousin of Pickney, Kip Puiia, said that Pickney was an avid runner who jogged every day.
He is praying that she makes it through emergency surgery.
A witness to the scene said that Pickney was so contorted that he feared touching or moving her. Both Pickney and MacGowan were taken to a hospital in critical condition. MacGowan was later upgraded to critical but stable condition.
The incident will be investigated by a traffic specialist, who will look into all factors, including speed.
No charges have been filed.
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