Macon, GA (February 15, 2023) – On Wednesday, February 15, a deputy was injured in a pedestrian accident that took place during a traffic stop in Macon.
According to Bibb County officials, the incident took place at an unknown time on Bloomfield Road. A deputy was attempting to stop 28-year-old ShaMarques Watkins due to a vehicle that was missing a taillight. When the officer walked up to the vehicle, Watkins started to drive away from the scene, pulling the deputy along with him. The deputy was thrown off, and Watkins continued onward to Rocky Creek Road, eventually reaching speeds of 111 miles per hour until the chase ended.
Several crews responded to the scene to assist the officer, including paramedics. The deputy sustained injuries and was treated at the scene by EMS crews. He is expected to make a full recovery. Nobody else was hurt as a result of the accident.
The roadway was blocked off for some time following the chase. Watkins was arrested on several charges, though they are not yet known.
The investigation into the circumstances of the accident continues at this time. Police will update with new information as it becomes available.
Our thoughts go out to the deputy who is recovering from injuries caused by this accident.
Pedestrian Accidents in Georgia
When it comes to pedestrian accidents, Georgia ranks as one of the worst states for these vulnerable parties. In fact, statistics show that Georgia currently ranks 4th in the country when it comes to fatalities caused by pedestrian accidents. In 2021, it is estimated that approximately 320 people were killed in Georgia pedestrian accidents, and many others were seriously injured. You may wonder what options you have after a fatal pedestrian accident. It is crucial that you understand your legal options during these difficult times.
Many families feel lost and alone after a loved one has been taken from them prematurely in a fatal pedestrian accident. Bringing a wrongful death claim is crucial, though these claims can be difficult to understand and entirely complex. Many different forms of damages can come into play, and strict deadlines must be met in the event of a wrongful death case. It is normal to have a wide array of questions during these difficult times. There are many parties who can successfully bring a wrongful death claim, such as the following:
- Spouse of the deceased
- Children of the deceased
- Parents of the deceased
After a fatal pedestrian accident, you should never delay in speaking with a compassionate Macon wrongful death attorney.
At Monge & Associates Injury and Accident Attorneys, we are here to help you and your family move forward after a fatal collision. Surviving family members are typically left wondering what options they have after a fatal accident, which is why our attorneys are here to support you in your time of need. You may discover that you are eligible for a wide array of financial damages at this time. Please do not hesitate to contact a pedestrian accident attorney in Macon at (888) 688-1924 to find out how we can help you.
Note: Our writers used secondary sources when creating this accident news post. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident; therefore, if there is any information that is incorrect, contact Monge & Associates immediately. We will correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will remove a post if requested.
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