Deputy found at fault in race day crash

A police officer lies on the ground after his motorcycle collided with an SUV on Milledge Road at Battle Row in Augusta Sunday during the GRU Half-Marathon and 10K.



A Richmond County motorcycle deputy involved in a collision while providing traffic assistance during the GRU Half-Marathon and 10K was found to be at fault, according to a traffic report obtained by The Augusta Chronicle.

About 9:13 a.m., Deputy Jonathan Olivares was traveling south on Milledge Road when he attempted to pass a Toyota Highlander, driven by Jennifer Wright, of Augusta, on the left.

According to the report, Olivares was driving in a “no passing zone” with blue lights activated when he failed to recognize that Wright was making a left turn onto Battle Row.

The front of Olivares’ Honda ST1300P motorcycle clipped the left side of Wright’s SUV, throwing Olivares to the ground.

Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Glen Rahn said Sunday that Olivares received minor injuries following the accident. He was taken to University Hospital for treatment.

All three occupants of Wright’s SUV were unharmed.

Improper passing was listed on the report as a contributing factor in the accident.

Lt. Calvin Chew said Monday that in general it’s typical for the sheriff’s office to pay for any damage caused in accidents where it is found at fault.

Wright’s motorcycle received extensive damage during the accident, according to the report. Wright’s SUV sustained only moderate damage.

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