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Deputy dies following motorcycle crash

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Source: Richmond County Sheriff's Office Source: Richmond County Sheriff's Office
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Richmond County deputy Alton Creech has died, according to Vernon Collins, the Columbia County coroner.

Creech was being treated at Georgia Regents University after being critically injured in an off duty motorcycle accident Thursday afternoon.

Collins says Creech died about 4:15 p.m. Friday.

Columbia County Captain Steve Morris says Creech was exiting from Interstate 20 to Belair road when he crashed into the back of a vehicle.

Morris says the setting sun may have kept Creech from seeing that traffic was backed up.

Morris says Creech skidded across the road for 90 feet before the collision.  

There is a vigil planned for Creech at 7 p.m. and at 9 p.m. in front of Georgia Regents University Friday.

Sheriff Roundtree released the following statement after being notified of Deputy Creech's death:

"It is with great sadness that the Richmond County Sheriff's Office is announcing the passing of Deputy Alton Daniel Creech. Deputy Creech succumbed to his injuries sustained from the traffic accident he was involved in yesterday at Belair Road and I-20. At 1615hours doctors at GRU advised that Deputy Creech showed no signs of brain activity. Deputy Creech had been employed with the Sheriff's Office since August 2003. During his tenure at the Sheriff's Office he worked on the Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations and his most recent assignment was Motors in the Traffic Division.

The family is keeping Deputy Creech on a respirator in an effort to allow any deputies and loved ones  to pay their respects to Deputy Creech. A vigil will be held at 9pm in the parking lot in front of the GRU Emergency Room and at that time final arrangements will be completed. Deputy Creech will be greatly missed by his fellow Law Enforcement family. Please keep Deputy Creech's family and loved ones in your prayers and we ask that you respect their need for privacy during this tragic time."

 

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(May 17 3:35) The RCSO Wives Auxiliary will be gathered in the parking lot area across from the ER entrance for a prayer/candlelight vigil at 9pm Friday nigh in support of Deputy Creech.

Members of the RCSO and public are invited to attend.

Sheriff Roundtree would again like to express his "appreciation and gratitude" for the outpouring of support for our RCSO family member as well as all of the help from the GRU Police.

(May 17 9:55am) Deputy Alton Creech remains in critical condition Friday morning after an off duty crash. Many gathered late Thursday night and into the early morning outside of Georgia Regents Medical Center for a vigil.

The incident  is being handled by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A Richmond County deputy was rushed to the Georgia Regents University Thursday night in critical condition after he was hit by a vehicle while he was on his motorcycle.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says the motorcycle driver is deputy Alton Creech.

The crash happened on Interstate 20 at the Belair road exit around 5:15 p.m.

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