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Traffic Collision on Highway 56 Kills One; Injures Sheriff’s Deputy

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One person died, and a deputy with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office suffered injuries in a traffic collision on Highway 56 at Moore Road. The accident occurred on Wednesday night, August 11th. The collision on Highway 56 reportedly happened when the decedent’s car turned in front of the deputy’s vehicle.

Diedra Briggs was northbound on Highway 56 before the collision. At the same time, Richmond County Deputy Casey Donald was southbound, responding to an emergency call. The woman then turned in front of the patrol vehicle, causing the collision.

Medics transported Briggs to Augusta University Medical Center, where doctors pronounced her dead at 9:14 p.m. The Richmond County Coroner’s Office scheduled an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Deputy Donald suffered severe but non-life-threatening injuries. He was admitted into an area hospital to get treatment.

The injured deputy has been with the sheriff’s office since 2019 and works in Road Patrol Operations. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, and there’s no additional information.

Motor vehicle collisions are otherwise avoidable occurrences. They happen primarily due to the negligence of road users and the blatant disregard for traffic rules and regulations. In Georgia, the law frowns at drivers breaching their duty of care. Thus, fault drivers will likely face both a criminal charge and civil lawsuit depending on the fact of the case.

The civil action is for the recovery of damages from the person who caused the accident. Under Georgia law, accident victims can commence a personal injury claim or lawsuit. In addition, if the victim dies, their legal beneficiaries can file a wrongful death suit.

For any of these actions to succeed, it is crucial to work with an excellent attorney. Contact us at Calvin Smith Law to speak with one of our car accident lawyers.


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