Ga. rookie killed in two-car crash while on duty

The 19-year-old deputy, who only worked at his department for six months, was fatally injured in a two-car crash

Duty Death: Deputy Joshua Ryer Jr. - [Glascock County, Georgia]

End of Service: 01/29/2019


Zachary Hansen
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

GLASSCOCK COUNTY, Ga. — A 19-year-old Glascock County deputy died in a car wreck Tuesday, authorities confirmed.

Deputy Joshua Ryer Jr. of Gibson was on duty Tuesday afternoon when he was fatally injured in a two-car wreck on Spring Street and Andrew Drive in Washington, Augusta-based news station WJBF reported. He had only worked at the sheriff’s office for about six months. 

Glascock County sheriff's Deputy Joshua Ryer Jr. who died in a two-car wreck while on duty (Photo/ Georgia POST Commission)
Glascock County sheriff's Deputy Joshua Ryer Jr. who died in a two-car wreck while on duty (Photo/ Georgia POST Commission)

A woman in the other car was taken to Augusta University Medical Center for treatment, the news station reported. Her condition was not provided.

“Please be in prayer for the sheriff’s office as we mourn the loss of one of our beloved sheriff deputies,” Glascock County Sheriff Jeremy Kelly posted on Facebook. “For the rest of the week, the office will be close.”

The Wilkes County Emergency Services Facebook page posted a statement on the incident, which said,

“Wilkes County EMS/EMA extends our deepest sympathy to the Glascock County Sheriff Department with the loss of Deputy Joshua Ryer, Jr. Deputy Ryer who was only 19, was killed in our county today while on duty. He was a resident of Gibson, GA. Please join us in extending sympathy to his family and work family.”

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash, according to WRDW, another news station in Augusta. No other details on the incident or investigation have been released. 

Gibson, which is the county seat of Glascock County, is about 125 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, and it is about 45 miles southwest of Augusta. 

Washington, which is the county seat of Wilkes County, is about 110 miles east of downtown Atlanta, and it is about 55 miles northwest of Augusta. 

 

It is great sadness that I announce the death of Deputy Joshua Ryer Jr. Deputy Ryer was involved in a two car motor...

Posted by Glascock County Sheriff Jeremy Kelley on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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