Ga. Trooper Killed while Investigating Construction Zone Crash

Feb. 20, 2024
Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Chase Redner was struck and killed by a vehicle when he was responding to the scene of a crash at a Clayton County construction zone that left a worker dead.

By Rosana Hughes and Alexis Stevens

Source The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Georgia State Patrol trooper was fatally struck by a vehicle while he was investigating a crash that left a construction worker dead on I-75 in Clayton County overnight Tuesday.

Trooper First Class Chase Redner was at the scene of the initial crash in the northbound lanes near Mt. Zion Boulevard when he was hit around midnight. The first crash took place around 8:30 p.m. Monday, Channel 2 Action News reported. A construction worker had been setting up a work zone on the interstate when they were hit and killed, officials said.

The State Patrol said they arrived at the scene around 10 p.m. Through their investigation, they determined that a driver in a black Kia Forte was headed north when the car veered into the construction zone and struck the worker. The worker, who has not been publicly identified, died at the scene.

Redner was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died, the GSP said. He’d been with the state agency since 2017.

“The Department of Public Safety sends its sincerest condolences and prayers to TFC Redner’s family and co-workers,” the GSP said in a statement. “Please keep TFC Redner’s family in your prayers as they cope with the loss of their loved one.”

The crashes closed I-75 North from about 9 p.m. Monday to around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

Redner is the 19th officer to die in the line of duty across the country this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks law enforcement deaths. He is also the third Georgia law enforcement officer killed on duty in less than a month. The state has had more officers killed in the line of duty than any other state so far this year.

On Jan. 28, Trooper Jimmy Cenescar was killed in a crash while attempting to arrest a fleeing motorcyclist on I-85 in Gwinnett County, according to investigators. He was 28.

The 21-year-old motorcyclist was later charged with murder and vehicular homicide.

On Jan. 4, Deputy Eric Minix, 31, with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office died after being hit by an Alabama police officer’s patrol car as he stepped out of his own vehicle at the end of a pursuit, according to investigators. Then on Feb. 6, Crawford County Deputy Timothy Tavarus Rivers, 40, was killed while responding to assist another deputy when his patrol vehicle crossed into the opposite travel lane on Marshall Mill Road and collided head-on with a vehicle, troopers said.


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