A Clayton County Sherriff’s Deputy had been stabilized, but remained in critical condition on Wednesday night, following a motorcycle accident from the previous weekend. Deputy Amy Kemper was struck by a suspected drunk driver in a head-on collision on Saturday, March 10.
Deputy Kemper was off-duty, riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Ga. 29 near Lake Ridge Way in Coweta County when she was struck by an SUV driven by Christopher Lynn Brown of Hogansville, GA. Channel 2 News reports that Brown’s vehicle had crossed the center lane, left the road and plowed down a mailbox before returning onto the road and crashing head-on into Deputy Kemper on her motorcycle.
Brown reportedly left the scene of the accident, driving nearly a mile before his damaged Chevy Blazer broke down. The 26-year old driver is being held without bond, and faces charges of DUI, leaving the scene of a serious accident that caused injury, reckless driving and serious injury by vehicle charges.
Kemper was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center, where she has received multiple surgeries and is reportedly on the path to recovery. According to Kemper’s co-worker, Deputy Keith McLaughlin, Kemper is in critical but stable condition. “Doctors say all of the signs look good and that she’ll be recovering well from the surgeries that she’s had,” McLaughlin reported.
Don’t Let Drunk Driving Ruin Your Life
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving claimed one life every 51 minutes in 2010. Holidays are particularly hazardous times on the road; in 2010, 32 percent of fatalities from car accidents on St. Patrick’s Day were related to drunk driving.
Don’t become a statistic, or cause injury or loss of life to someone else. Follow these tips to ensure you are not taking unnecessary risks on any holiday, or any other time you head out for a night of fun:
- Always designate a sober driver, or plan for alternate transportation ahead of time.
- Pace your drinking to avoid consuming too much alcohol too quickly. Eat plenty of food and alternate your alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic beverages.
- If you don’t have a designated driver and cannot get a cab or other safe ride home, stay where you are or try to find a place nearby to sleep for the night.
- Find out if your area has a sober ride program that you can utilize. Lots of college campuses and many cities have some sort of program, and some of them are even free!
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