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Video: Georgia Officer Heading Home from Shift Killed in Wrong-Way Crash

September 21, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Georgia Officer Heading Home from Shift Killed in Wrong-Way Crash

A DeKalb County (Ga.) police officer is dead and two other people are in critical condition after a weekend crash involving a wrong-way driver in South Fulton County.

The officer, Kevin Toatley, was a seven-year veteran of the department.

Toatley was driving home 12:30 a.m. Saturday when police say he was hit head-on by a SUV going the wrong way on the freeway.

Toatley's patrol car burst into flames, WSB TV reports.

The SUV driver was taken to the hospital in serious condition and one of the passengers was critically injured.

Investigators say the woman driving the SUV was from out of town. She was reportedly not under the influence of alcohol, but she could still face charges.

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Leonard Mather @ 9/21/2015 5:52 PM

I retired to the Atlanta area from Falls Church, VA after residing in DC and Falls Church a total of 41 years. Initially, I thought the DC/Northern VA area was challenging for driving. Since being in the Atlanta area since 2009, I have concluded otherwise. Going in the wrong direction on the freeway is NOT a rarity in Atlanta. Wrong-Way Crashes have a high tally in this area.

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/22/2015 10:04 PM

This is happening a lot all over the country and not all are alcohol related. Somebody should study this problem because its becoming more dire each year. My deepest condolences to Officer Toatley's family.

plato's playdough @ 9/26/2015 7:03 PM

When the sign says Wrong Way and you can't read it, what does that suggest?

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