On Friday morning, Bryan County Deputy Robert Crapse was killed when his cruiser collided head on with a car driving in the wrong direction on I-95, the Savannah Morning News reports.
Patricia Ann Collins, the driver of the other car, was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition, authorities say. Police are currently awaiting the results of her blood-alcohol test.
At around 2 a.m., 32-year-old Crapse was traveling north on I-95 in Chatham County when his police car collided with a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Collins. Collins was reportedly driving south in the northbound lane. According to authorities, both cars were travelling at high speeds.
Crapse was killed in the wreck. His K9, Seppe, suffered only minor injuries. Collins was airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center in critical condition. Police are awaiting the results of Collins' blood-alcohol test and have not yet filed any charges.
If the toxicology results show that Collins was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident, she'll likely be charged with vehicular homicide. People who kill someone while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are often charged with vehicular homicide in Georgia.
The driver's conduct must be a far cry from how a reasonable person would act in the situation. If it's found that Collins was drunk or on drugs when she drove in the wrong direction, she'll likely be convicted of vehicular homicide, if it is found she acted with a reckless disregard for human life.
Deputy Robert Crapse served in the department since 1999. Crapse is survived by his wife and three children.