Friday, May 17, 2013
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Columbia County coroner has confirmed the off-duty deputy involved in a motorcycle accident on Thursday has died.
Coroner Vernon Collins says Richmond County Deputy Alton Creech died from blunt force trauma.
Capt. Steve Morris says traffic had backed up on the on-ramp of the Belair Road exit into a westbound lane of I-20. Morris says Creech was driving his motorcycle and did not notice that traffic had stopped. He says Creech tried to stop by hitting his brakes but couldn't.
Creech started working at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office in August 2003. He has worked on the Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Motors in the Traffic Division.
"Deputy Creech will be greatly missed by his fellow law enforcement family," said Chew in a news release. "Please keep Deputy Creech’s family and loved ones in your prayers, and we ask that you respect their need for privacy during this tragic time."
Lt. Calvin Chew of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office says the family is keeping Creech on a respirator so deputies and family members can pay their final respects.
A vigil is planned for 9 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the Georgia Regents Medical Center Emergency Room.