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Deputy found at fault in race day crash

STEVE SCHRETZMANN/STAFF
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.
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 4:22 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 12:55 AM
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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.

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.   STEVE SCHRETZMANN/STAFF
STEVE SCHRETZMANN/STAFF
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.

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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LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 02/24/14 - 05:37 pm
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Oh, my

Don't know what to say!

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 02/24/14 - 05:50 pm
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Motorcycle vs van

sometimes law enforement officers feel that they are infallible and can perform stunts that no civilian would even dare - and what happened today shows the consequences - unfortunately. Only glad that there were no serious injuries!

The Mick
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The Mick 02/24/14 - 07:03 pm
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Or TrulyWorried he could have

Or TrulyWorried he could have just made a mistake like all humans do, civilian or otherwise. Hope the officer heals and glad that nobody else was hurt.

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 02/24/14 - 08:12 pm
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Double Standards

The Mick you are correct, he could have just made a mistake. Why is it so unheard of for a Law Enforcement Officer to make a mistake, they are human just like the rest of us. Thankful no one was seriously injured.

Watermedic
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Watermedic 02/25/14 - 09:01 am
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Accident

Is there no such thing as an accident anymore?

Little Old Lady
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Little Old Lady 02/25/14 - 09:50 am
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Lights activated

Why did the van not pull over and allow the officer to pass when it was approached by a police motorcycle with blue lights flashing?

Little Old Lady
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Little Old Lady 02/25/14 - 09:52 am
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Flashing Blue Lights

I thought it was a law that vehicles pull over and allow emergency vehicles to pass. Why did the van not pull over and allow a police motorcycle with flashing blue lights to pass.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 02/25/14 - 01:09 pm
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Comment on accident

My comment - somewhat hasty I suppose (but I DO see some behavior that should not be) really stirred up a hornets' nest and we can find out, in a rather peculiar way, that our law enforcement officers are held in high standards - more power to them all.

griff6035
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griff6035 02/28/14 - 07:52 am
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Last sentence in story

Wright's motorcycle received extensive damage. Wright's SUV sustained only moderate damage.

Hazelnutruns
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Hazelnutruns 03/04/14 - 01:20 pm
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missing facts

Why has nothing come of the fact hat the driver admitted at the scene of being up all night at the hospital with a dying friend? Driving impaired from a lack of sleep is just as dangerous if not more dangerous than driving drunk. Deputy Oliveras approached with all of his light flashing. The woman slowed her vehicle and he went around her. She should be responsible for being aware of her surroundings. She should be responsible for giving the right of way to an emergency vehicle approaching under full flashers. And she should not have been driving having not slept the night before, especial with young children in the vehicle. Additionally she was on a course that was very well marked and very well manned by officers, first responders, and volunteers, and she was there as a family/friend of runners on the course. There is no excuse for her to have been not paying closer attention to what was going on around her. She was tired and stressed and should not have been driving, period.

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