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Georgia Deputy Killed in I-85 Accident

May 22, 2014  | 

 

Deputy Cruz Thomas (Photo: Franklin County Sheriff's Department)
Deputy Cruz Thomas (Photo: Franklin County Sheriff's Department)

An on-duty Franklin County, Ga., sheriff’s deputy was killed in a wreck late Wednesday, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The crash occurred around 9 p.m. as Deputy Cruz Thomas was driving northbound on I-85, attempting to catch up to a traffic violator, a spokesman for the GSP said early this morning.

“An unknown tractor-trailer attempted to change lanes, causing the patrol car to travel into the grass median,” GSP said in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The driver, Deputy Cruz Thomas, lost control of the vehicle, traveled across both northbound lanes of I-85 and began to overturn. The vehicle then hit several trees.”

Cruz Thomas was the son of Franklin County Sheriff Steve Thomas.

Tags: Officer Down, Georgia, Patrol Vehicle Accidents


Comments (7)

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Lt. @ 5/22/2014 3:37 PM

To the Thomas family...know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of grievement. May the lord give you peace and greet your son with open arms.

JMJR - Police Cadet @ 5/22/2014 5:30 PM

I'm very sorry for your loss. May God bless you all through this time of grievement. May he rest in peace.

Jim Hill @ 5/22/2014 8:11 PM

Don't overdrive your vehicle. Don't get the RedBlueLight Syndrome. No speeder is worth your life or someone elses. Go after real crooks.

Richard Ross @ 5/23/2014 12:01 AM

Sheriff Thomas God Bless you and your wife in this time of sorrow. Thank you for the service of your son.

Driver1 @ 5/24/2014 2:00 PM

Makes me wonder how many violations Chubby Thomas committed while trying to snatch another traffic violator. I also wonder if he was Buckled Up. It would be ironic to find that he was trying to pull someone for the high crime of not being buckled up if he wasn't buckled up himself.

Keith @ 5/27/2014 11:18 AM

You people with negative comments should not comment at all. Do you think the family or other cops want to hear from you and what you think might of been happening. Especially the two who are monday morning quarter backing. If you are in law enforcement shame on you.

CityCop @ 6/1/2014 11:04 AM

He probably dropped a doughnut. Lost control fishing for it. Happens all the time.

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