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.