Patrol car with siren on crashes, killing west Georgia man

A 55-year-old man was killed when his car was struck by a Haralson County Sheriff’s Office patrol car responding to an emergency, the Georgia State Patrol said Thursday.

Jesse Hicks of Tallapoosa was driving a Toyota Corolla westbound on Ga. 120 when the driver’s side of his car was hit by the patrol car. The crash happened Monday afternoon at the intersection with U.S. 27 in Buchanan, located about 40 miles west of Marietta.  

Two deputies, Brad Richards, 51, and Alton Stamey, 54, were traveling northbound on U.S. 27 in a Dodge Charger, the State Patrol said. Richards was driving when the Charger entered the intersection and struck the Corolla. 

“The Dodge Charger did have emergency lights and siren on when it went through the intersection against the red traffic signal,” the State Patrol said in an emailed statement. 

After the first crash, the Corolla then struck a Mazda SUV that was in the left, southbound lane of U.S. 27, investigators said. No information was available Thursday on the driver of the Mazda. 

Hicks was married with two children and two grandchildren, according to his online obituary. A memorial service is planned Saturday. 

The crash remains under investigation by the State Patrol. 

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