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Richmond County deputy dies from crash injuries

Posted: May 17, 2013 - 5:14pm

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Richmond County Sheriff’s Office motorcycle deputy Alton Creech died Friday afternoon from injuries he sustained in an off-duty motorcycle crash Thursday.

Creech died at the Georgia Regents Medical Center at about 4:15 p.m., according to Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins

Creech, 32, was off duty and was approaching the Belair Road westbound exit on his Harley-Davidson about 5:15 p.m. when he hit the back of a 1999 Toyota Camry, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

He was airlifted to the Creech, 32, was airlifted to the hospital.

Skid marks from Creech’s motorcycle, stretching 90 feet, showed he tried to stop before striking the Toyota, Morris said.

The driver of the Camry, Rex Reed, 25, of Martinez, was uninjured, Morris said.

In 2010, Creech won the title of “top shot” in a sheriff’s office shooting competition for the third consecutive year, which was a first for the agency.

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