Traffic investigators say an off-duty Richmond County deputy was at fault in the motorcycle crash that killed him.
Deputy Alton Creech was riding too fast for conditions when he approached westbound traffic on Interstate 20 that had slowed to enter the Belair Road exit shortly after 5 p.m. May 16, according to the final report on the crash from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Rex Allen Reed, 25, of Martinez, was driving his 1999 Toyota Camry in the far-right lane when he stopped for traffic in front of him, according to the report from sheriff’s Deputy David Herrity.
Creech, 32, of Grovetown, was behind Reed on his personal motorcycle, a 1998 Harley-Davidson. When Reed stopped, Creech applied his brakes and swerved to the right to avoid a crash, the report states.
Creech lost control of the motorcycle, which went down on its right side, continued to slide and then began to come back upright before slamming into the right corner of Reed’s vehicle, the report states.
Creech was ejected, and both he and the motorcycle struck a concrete retaining wall, the report states.
Two other motorists witnessed the crash, according to the report, which notes that the motorcycle skidded and slid for more than 91 feet before striking Reed’s car.
Creech was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center where he died less than 24 hours later, at 4:15 p.m. Friday. Creech had been a Richmond County deputy since August 2003.