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A Henry County police officer assisting a stranded motorist died Monday night after being a struck by hit-and-run driver.
The officer, whose name was not released, was assisting a motorist on North Henry Boulevard, near the Starlite skate center in Stockbridge, around 6:40 p.m., according to Sgt. Joey Smith with the Henry County Police Department.
Another motorist also stopped to help, and the officer and second motorist were both struck by a truck that kept going, according to police.
A regulation in 2010 banned all drivers of commercial vehicles from texting behind the wheel and implemented severe penalties for those who continue to text. The employer of a texting truck driver could be fined as much as $11,000 while the driver could face fines up to $2,500. Additionally, a texting truck driver could lose their CDL license—and thus their livelihood, for up to four months. The DOT went a step further, banning all truck drivers from talking on a cell phone while driving unless they were using a hands-free device. This ban was a direct result of the more than 5,000 fatalities attributed to trucking accidents involving a distracted truck driver in 2009 alone.
Originally posted by GrantedBail
reply to post by VforVendettea
That is funny. I feel guilty for chuckling at such a horrible event but still....