Athens cop not negligent in pedestrian patrol car crash

Lawyers in Athens, Georgia Following the recent incident in which an Athens-Clarke County police officer struck a pedestrian with his patrol car, Georgia authorities decided not to file charges.

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As reported in The Athens Banner-Herald, last Friday at about 6:35 a.m., Cpl. Len Thomas was driving his patrol car to work when he struck Mamie Dunn, 54, as he made a left turn through a green light from North Avenue onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Dunn of East Carver Drive was in a pedestrian crosswalk, according to Sgt. Tim Meyer of Georgia State Patrol, which investigated the collision.

Thomas provided immediate aid to Dunn until the ambulance arrived at the scene and transported her to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, police said.

Interim Athens-Clarke County Deputy Police Chief Jeff Clark on Friday said Dunn may have suffered “some fractures.”

Meyer said that an investigation found Thomas not to be negligent for a few reasons. There were bad weather conditions, as it was dark and raining, and the area was not well-lit. Dunn was also wearing dark clothing, according to the state trooper.

“Even though (the officer) was at fault, there were factors involved that didn’t make it rise to the level of negligence,” Meyer said.

Clark said that the officer did not receive departmental discipline, but he may be required to take remedial driver training.

Dunn did not wish to offer comment on Tuesday.