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Deputy was at fault in fatal crash

Monday, May 20, 2013 4:00 PM
Last updated 8:01 PM
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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.

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Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 05/20/13 - 08:35 pm
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You have to wonder...

...if the sun played a factor. Very, very sad.

triscuit
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triscuit 05/20/13 - 08:51 pm
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Could this not have at least

Could this not have at least waited until his funeral was over? No one was blaming the driver.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/20/13 - 09:03 pm
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Why?

"Could this not have at least waited until his funeral was over?"

Why? I think as a rule we are way overreactive about how to comment on current events involving death. Although it was pretty obvious to the casual observer, this article is not offensive in any way shape or form as far as I'm concerned. If I have a close loved one to pass, the last thing I will be doing is looking in the paper to see what has been said.

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 05/21/13 - 12:06 am
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The west-bound exit at Belair

The west-bound exit at Belair Road is extremely dangerous. You can't see that the exit is filled with traffic until you clear that last corner, and the design tends to give you the impression that you don't have to slow down until you pass that same corner.

I use extreme caution when exiting there as accidents are very common at that exit.

I'm not surprised by this article. The first story and pictures lent weight to this conclusion yesterday.

KSL
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KSL 05/21/13 - 12:19 am
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Prudent

For all to be careful at all times, no matter who we are.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 05/21/13 - 08:32 pm
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Georgia has more than one bad design on with exits that allow cars to stop on the interstate with no where to go. Add a interstate lined up with a setting sun and we have a real problem. Usually, a traffic light upgrade on the secondary street (allow it to stay green long enough to clear interstate traffic) will fix the problem.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/21/13 - 10:09 pm
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The next place this will

The next place this will happen is at the Grovetown exit. I've been caught by surprise in heavy traffic and just had to keep going to the Harlem exit and circle back down Columbia Road. I don't know what the fix is, but this wreck is proof positive it is a dangerous situation.

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RogueKnight 05/23/13 - 01:03 pm
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If there is so much traffic...

at the Belair Road exit that it backs up and stops on the interstate, maybe GDOT needs to reevaluate the exit and redesign it with an extra lane to keep stopped traffic off of the interstate mainline. You don't expect to go from 55MPH to stopped on the freeway.

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