Former deputy dies in accident

A former Richmond County sheriff’s deputy who was found not guilty of child molestation less than three weeks ago was killed in a car accident this morning.

Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald said Lindon Haworth Jr., 49, was driving northbound on Mike Padgett Highway when his car drifted into the passing lane and struck the side of another vehicle. Mr. Haworth lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a deep culvert on the side of the road, where the vehicle flipped over onto the driver’s side.

Mr. Haworth was pronounced dead at the scene of head injuries, Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald said.

Mr. Haworth was fired from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in June 2008 after he was accused of kissing a 14 year-old girl on the mouth in June 2007.

Mr. Haworth was acquitted of the charge on June 12.

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