Trooper in wreck that killed wife of Braves trainer fired

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 1:10 PM
Last updated 1:11 PM
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ATLANTA -- Georgia's public safety commissioner says the state trooper involved in a crash that killed the wife of Atlanta Braves trainer Jeff Porter has been fired.

Col. Mark W. McDonough said Friday that Trooper Donald Crozier was terminated earlier in the day.

McDonough said the investigation into the Dec. 31 crash continues. Kathy Porter was killed in the crash. Her husband and two others were injured.

An accident report released Friday says the trooper's vehicle had all its emergency equipment activated and ran a red light while responding to assist another trooper who was involved in a pursuit.

The report said the trooper "failed to use due regard when traveling through the intersection."

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Deployed 01/06/12 - 02:56 pm
Such a tragedy. Blue lights

Such a tragedy. Blue lights only request right-of-way, it's not guaranteed.

stillamazed 01/06/12 - 03:03 pm
I agree deployed, and is a

I agree deployed, and is a car chase really worth taking innocent peoples lives? You kill one person to arrest another, if you have a license plate number can't you find a person by that? I think that high speed chases like this should be banned.

Riverman1 01/06/12 - 03:13 pm
I've written about the danger

I've written about the danger of high speed chases often. Usually, it's after a tragic accident such as this.

dmoon1 01/06/12 - 03:18 pm
My sister and neice pulled

My sister and neice pulled out of their driveway and were hit head on by a man running from the law. He was going in excess of 100 mph. A helicopter was following him but the GSP and local cops continued to chase him. This was about 12 years ago. He got 11 years and didn't even serve 1/2 that. My sister and neice got a lifetime of medical bills and pain. Each had 2 broken legs and 2 broken arms. My sister almost lost her foot. They had multiple injuries that took months to just be able to function again. The worse thing is the guy had a long list of run in's with the law. He had taken his mom's car. She never reported it stolen until he was caught. No insurance, no restitution...nothing. And you can't sue the GSP or Police for their part. My neice was only 12 when this happened. She and my sister walk around with steal plates and pins. The offender walks around free. He barely got a scratch. High chase pursuits when a helicopter is following should not be allowed.

Sweet son
Sweet son 01/06/12 - 05:19 pm
Even though the Trooper made

Even though the Trooper made a bad decision his employer should support him in this most disastrous part of his life. No way would he have made the choice to disregard due caution and purposly hit the Porter vehicle. Not only has he lost his job but he will also live with the regrets and sorrows for his mistake in traffic. My prayers are for the Porter family but my heart also goes out to the Trooper in this situation. Wonder in 10 years how many times he has helped folks???

juantez 01/07/12 - 09:00 am
You all should get the whole

You all should get the whole story before you try to defend this guy action or feel sorry for him.

Asitisinaug 01/07/12 - 04:34 am
You can argue chase and don't

You can argue chase and don't chase all day long. Anyone, after thinking logically through situations knows the police must chase in most cases and that a tag number means nothing. Violent Criminals will ALWAYS run if they know the police will not peruse.

Most people who run from the police should already be behind bars for the numerous previous offenses - If we as a society could solve the problem with "revolving door justice" it would greatly reduce police chases as well as citizens and officers getting hurt and killed in many other ways.

We have also reached a point in our society due to media and video mostly that police officers who fail to make the right split second decision every time end up fired and sometimes even arrested. We aren't talking about situations where police knowingly and/or willfully made a decision to break the law, etc. but where they were in the process of doing their job and made a mistake.

This officer was trying to back up another officer, his lights were on and his siren going, he is trying to get to the call, listen to the radio, etc. all of which is much more than expected of other drivers and yet he is still a human (we don't have robo-cops yet). In doing his best to do his job effectively, he makes a mistake which sadly results in a terrible tragedy. The problem is that there was no intent and he should therefore go through additional training as well as a suspension but should not be fired for an incident where there was no intent to do wrong.

We give our police minimal training, minimal salaries and expect them to be better than even the best of the human race. We expect the right decision each and every time even when they often must be made in less than a second.

Failing to back our officers has caused more and more officers to take a very different approach to policing because they are scared of political correctness, getting fired for little or no reason, getting thrown under the bus due to media or some other type of coverage, being accused of being racist, etc. One of the worst things that has occurred is during police shootings where often officers now second guess their selves for no reason which often ends up in their death. We give them a nice funeral and grieve but we do little to nothing to help make them better, get them the training, pay and/or support they need.

Officers must make split second decisions often and their decisions will not always be perfect because they are only human. However, we MUST begin to distinguish between intent and no intent in situations. Our military face these same decisions often and are 100% backed for mistakes even when completely innocent people die, which happens quite often. Of course if they knowingly do something wrong or intentionally do something to harm others, cheat others, violate others rights, etc. then we should deal with them accordingly. But, when they simply fail to be perfect in the performance of their duties, especially if does not occur often, then we must realize they made a mistake and give them the support and re-training that they need and deserve.

If we keep doing this to those who are sworn to serve and protect, we will have less and less good persons going into the profession. Remove bad cops, remove cops who repeatedly violate policies or fail to use good judgment often but support those who generally do a good job when they make a mistake without any intent to do wrong or harm others. It may be easier to use them as scapegoats when incidents occur but it certainly is not the right thing to do.

seenitB4 01/07/12 - 09:25 am
BUT-BUT....When this happens

BUT-BUT....When this happens you can look at it in many directions...this time there is history of careless driving----if the police NEVER chased after crooks we would live in the wild west again....they are trained to use precaution in chases....& use GOOD judgement...some don't.

freeradical 01/07/12 - 09:44 am
If you read you will see the

If you read you will see the trooper was NOT part of a "high speed

chase" at the moment of impact.

ANYTIME an officer responds to the call of another officer for help, they

are going to be going balls to the walls.

I was recently in the midst of Richmond County officers responding to

an incident at Surrey Center where someone was attempting to use a

vehicle to kill another officer.

You better pay attention and you better be vigilant in doing it at all


I don't yack on a cell phone when I'm driving , and I don't let myself

get distracted by passengers.

The Officers going break neck to Surrey Center where responding ALL

OUT and anyone who did not get out to way was going to get hurt.

I had plenty of time to realize I needed to get the hell out of the way.

Another driver I saw YACKING ON A CELLPHONE almost ended up a


This is a violent, brutal , cold-hearted world , and getting more so

every day

The officer in question was responding to another officer's call who

could have been in the middle of an identical situation.

ANYTHING could have happened by the time the officer in question

arrived on scene.

He could have arrived to find the other officer in a shootout ala Officer

J.D. Paugh , Or ala the Officer who just gave his life in Aiken whose

name escapes me at the moment.

Without knowing any more details than what is here I think it is wrong

that the officer is fired.

Just this week I saw a lady run her entire car up a curb onto a sidewalk

my first thought was it was someone having a medical emergency, as

i got closer you could imagine my disgust to see she was talking on a

cell phone , essentially laughing about what she had just done , and

here is the payoff , never hung up the phone.

Continued the dam conversation as she eased her car back onto the


allhans 01/07/12 - 12:15 pm
0 true. I don't true. I don't understand why some choose to say well they have the
"license plate number" when we don't know if they do have the number, if the car even had a tag, or if is a stolen tag.

YeCats 01/07/12 - 02:55 pm
Asitisiaug, >thumbs up<

Asitisiaug, >thumbs up< Same thing has happened with our school system, the free market allows the best people to go for greener pastures. Terrible tragedy, condolences to the families. Our public servants are flesh and blood. In todays society, its a wonder any of us are employed.

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