Richmond County deputy injured in I-20 motorcycle wreck

Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:57 PM
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A Richmond County Sheriff’s Office motorcycle deputy was critically injured Thursday afternoon when he crashed his motorcycle on Interstate 20.

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A Columbia County investigator photographs the motorcycle driven by Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Alton Creech, who was off duty when he crashed Thursday afternoon.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
A Columbia County investigator photographs the motorcycle driven by Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Alton Creech, who was off duty when he crashed Thursday afternoon.

Deputy Alton Creech, who was off duty, was approaching the Belair Road westbound exit on his Harley-Davidson about 5:15 p.m. when he hit the back of a 1999 Toyota Camry, said Columbia
County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Creech, 32, was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Cen­ter, where he was in critical condition Thursday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Skid marks from Creech’s motorcycle, stretching 90 feet, showed he tried to stop before striking the Toyota, Morris said.

The driver of the Camry, Rex Reed, 25, of Martinez, was uninjured, Morris said.

In 2010, Creech won the title of “top shot” in a sheriff’s office shooting competition
for the third consecutive year, which was a first for the agency.

In 2011, Creech spoke in memory of Richmond County motorcycle deputy J.D. Paugh, who was shot and killed that Oct. 23 after stopping to investigate a suspicious vehicle at Gordon Highway and Bobby Jones Expressway.

“He was always a clown, always trying to make you laugh,” Creech said of the slain deputy.

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Concerned2007
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Concerned2007 05/17/13 - 12:02 am
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Alton Creech

Praying for his recovery, as well as strength for his wife and family.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/17/13 - 07:39 am
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My thoughts are with this family

I'm thinking & hoping for the best outcome....so sorry.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 05/17/13 - 09:23 am
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Praying

A local legend in his own mind should be leading the prayers. An apology to the family specifically and to the public in general should be the first thing out of his mouth this afternoon.

LLArms
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LLArms 05/17/13 - 09:30 am
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90 feet worth of rubber laid

90 feet worth of rubber laid on a motorcycle? How fast was he going...?

Hope he recovers. Never to old to learn some new lessons sadly.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 05/17/13 - 10:14 am
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LLArms

Because of the weight, or lack thereof, combined with the relatively small contact patch 90 feet of skid mark is not much for a bike. The stopping distance is much greater for a bike than a car.

charlie marlow
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charlie marlow 05/17/13 - 01:23 pm
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I used to work in that area

I used to work in an office that had a view of that exit. Every day, around 5, I would see the traffic on the off-ramp back up onto the interstate. It was not uncommon to see the exit-lane become a parking lot.

Unfortunately, it seems that Deputy Creech may not have realized traffic was stopped until it was too late. The speed limit at that exit is 65, so I'm sure we all know the average speed in that area. From 60 mph, his motorcycle would have needed, at least, another 50 feet to come to a complete stop.

Anyway, I don't want to get so caught on technical details that I forget that a human being has been gravely injured. I hope for a full recovery and my thoughts are with Deputy Creech as well as his friends and family.

agrit
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agrit 05/17/13 - 02:11 pm
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I'm with you Charlie

Hey Charlie ... remember the "good ole days" on the forum?

Anyway ... I've met Deputy Creech and his beautiful wife and am close friends with other members of the family. This is a horrible, horrible thing they, along with his extended family and friends are going through.

Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/17/13 - 02:52 pm
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Charlie Marlowe sums up my

Charlie Marlowe sums up my thoughts as well.

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