Aug. 30--DECATUR -- The Macon County Sheriff's deputy accused of reckless driving in an accident that resulted in a crash victim having his lower legs amputated has been fired.
Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider said Thursday the Deputy Brian Duff's employment with the Macon County Sheriff's Office was officially terminated Wednesday. Duff had been on unpaid suspension since July.
Duff, 41, was arrested on a reckless driving charge July 17 after a crash investigation conducted by the Decatur Police Department blamed the deputy for allegedly being distracted at night when his squad car struck pedestrian Tom Lennox , pinning him against a parked pickup truck. Lennox, 55, suffered head and leg injuries, and his lower legs were later amputated at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
"The Macon County Sheriff's Office is a professional law enforcement agency, with men and women protecting and serving the public daily. Although we have had difficult times lately, we must move forward and continue to do our best to serve the public," Schneider said.
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