By PoliceOne Staff
ATLANTA — A Georgia State Patrol trooper involved in the crash that killed the wife of Atlanta Braves Trainer Jeff Porter was fired Friday.
Trooper Donald Crozier was traveling westbound was on his way to assist another officer involved in a motorcycle traffic stop when crashed into Jeff Porter's Ford Expedition last Saturday, 11 Alive reported. The patrol car hit the passenger side of the SUV, fatally wounding Kathy Porter, 54, and injuring Jeff Porter and his two children, 19-year-old David and 18-year-old Courtney Ann Williams, who were sent to Grady Memorial Hospital. They have since been released.
Crozier, a 10-year police veteran, was placed on administrative leave as a team of collision specialists launched an investigation, and in a written statement Friday, Colonel Mark McDonough, Patrol Commissioner, announced Crozier's firing.
"Earlier today, I terminated the employment of [Trooper First Class] Donald Crozier as a trooper in the Georgia State Patrol," McDonough said in the statement. "We extend our deepest condolences to the Porter family on their loss and they, along with Ms. Williams, remain in our thoughts and prayers."
In the initial crash report, the investigating trooper said Crozier "failed to use due regard when traveling through the intersection on a red traffic signal," The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. The information is based on statements from Jeff Porter and from witnesses at the scene, and investigations are still underway.
"Although this personnel action has been taken, this will in no way change the focus of the investigations," McDonough said.