University of Georgia campus police officer Lt. Jeff Whitfield was pronounced dead at the scene of a two car accident in Jackson County Tuesday night, the Athens Banner-Herald reports.
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The 56-year-old was heading back from work to his Jefferson home when his vehicle crashed head-on into another car while navigating a curve on Storey Lane north of Jefferson, according to the Jackson Herald.
Steven Leibel, a Georgia Superlawyer in personal injury, commented on the civil lawsuits that come out of these criminal charges. “Sadly these criminals usually are uninsured drivers or have minimum limits which hardly compensate families for the loss of their loved ones. It is vital that people protect themselves by buying good auto insurance with high medical pay coverage and make certain that they have add on uninsured / underinsured that equals to their own liability limits”
The wreck occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m.
The driver of the other vehicle, 25-year-old Heather Tate from Jefferson, was injured. She was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Police have not yet determined exactly what happened, and have indicated if any charges will be filed in the incident.
Lt. Whitfield leaves behind a long and illustrious career, at UGA and beyond. He first joined the campus police in 1982, becoming a lieutenant in only six years before leaving the department to join the army. He flew medivac helicopters between 1988 and 1992, participating in missions in Kuwait during the Gulf War.
Whitfield rejoined the ranks of UGA PD in 1992 but left again to become an FBI agent, serving in Alabama in years after the September 11 attacks.
Eventually, Whitfield returned to Athens to serve the UGA community. Recently, he has been acting as the coordinator of the university’s Crisis Intervention Team, assisting students suffering from mental health issues.