A serious car crash occurred in Atlanta on Saturday, July 21, 2012, that involved an Atlanta police officer and a 59-year-old woman. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the car accident took place just before 5 p.m. in southwest Atlanta, at Cascade Road and Fairburn Road.
Police stated that officer Joshua Sieck, 31, was responding to a call for assistance, driving west on Cascade Road, when his police cruiser collided with a BMW driven by 59-year-old Jacqueline Culp, of Atlanta. Culp was traveling south on Fairburn Road at the time of impact.
After the two vehicles collided, they both sideswiped a Chevrolet Impala that was stopped at a traffic light, and the police car caught on fire. Emergency crews had to extricate Sieck and Culp from their vehicles.
Culp was critically injured and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center; she subsequently died from the injuries she sustained in the crash. Sieck, who also was seriously injured, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Kenyatta White, the driver of the Impala, was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital as well. White’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Fortunately, White’s two children, who were in the car with her, were not injured in the wreck. White told reporters, “I’m blessed. I’m just thankful that we’re OK.”
Sieck has since been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and has been terminated from his employment with the police department.
As concerned Atlanta injury lawyers, we are glad to know that White was released from the hospital and that neither she nor her children were seriously injured. Sadly, Culp wasn’t as fortunate. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jacqueline Culp during this difficult time.