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Community mourns deputy who died following motorcycle accident

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Hundreds of people sang through their grief Friday night as they mourned the death of Richmond County deputy Alton Creech.

Two of Creech's close friends, who go by Solo and Ruff, say they've been unable to sleep the past 24 hours as they've held onto hope that Creech would survive. 

"You always hold out hope, especially for a guy like Creech," said Solo.

At 4:15 Friday afternoon Creech died from the blunt force trauma of a motorcycle accident.

August would have marked Creech's tenth year working for the Richmond County traffic division.

He was also a Navy veteran and Augusta's biking community was family to him. 

"We love that man and we're going to miss him. He will forever hold a place in my heart for as long as I live," Ruff, said.

Columbia County investigators say Creech was off-duty when he crashed into the back of a vehicle that was exiting from Interstate 20 to Belair road Thursday afternoon.

Investigators say the setting sun may have kept Creech from seeing that traffic was backed up.

Deputies say he skidded across the road for 90 feet before the collision.

In memory of Creech Friday night, dozens of bikers rode past Georgia Regents University where Creech fought for his life for a day.

"He would give his shirt of his back if that's what was required of him. He was always willing to do everything for everybody," remembered Ruff.

After the biking community paid their respects, they joined hands, prayed for his surviving wife of four years and pledged to never forget him.

The RCSO Wives Auxiliary has set up a donation page to assist his family during their time of need. If you would like to learn more, visit their webpage at: http://rcsowa.org/deputycreech.html  

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