News 12 First at Five / Friday, May 17, 2013
Deputy Alton Creech (WRDW-TV)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- "Stuff like this shouldn't happen to people like him," friend Christian Weathers said.
He's talking about longtime friend and Deputy Alton Creech, an everyday hero who lost the battle fighting for his life after a motorcycle accident on I-20.
"He's just a really outstanding guy, definitely a deputy that loved his job," Weathers said.
Creech was a Richmond County deputy, and according to Sheriff Richard Roundtree, one of the most skilled motorcycle riders in town.
"Alton is not a novice rider. He rides for a living. He is a proficient driver. So that lets people know that these accidents can happen to anybody," Roundtree said.
It's a tragedy that's breaking the hearts of citizens and colleagues alike.
"That's what makes this time so difficult. Again, it's not just one of your employees, it's a person you consider your friend," Roundtree said.
On Thursday night, dozens showed up for a candlelight vigil outside the hospital to honor a person who would do anything for anybody. People were leaving notes of encouragement, just trying to return the favor.
"Last night, so many officers responded and just stayed, and just stayed, and just stayed, sending out prayers hoping he'll recover," Roundtree said.
Before news of his death, Roundtree remembered Creech's joy, "I always saw him with a smile on his face and that's what I'm looking forward to seeing again."
"He is still one hell of an officer," Weathers told News 12.
Late this afternoon, Columbia County deputies completed the investigation into the crash. They say Creech crashed as exit traffic backed up onto the interstate.
For the bikers in the area, a group will ride on Friday night in honor of Deputy Creech. They're meeting at the true I-Konz Clubhouse downtown. They meet at 7 p.m. Kickstands go up at 7:45. They plan on cruising to the hospital and back to the clubhouse.