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Police Officer Fired After Death of Jeff Porter’s Wife

January 8th, 2012 at 3:03 PM
By Cody Fields

Donald Crozier, the now-ex-state trooper who was involved in the traffic accident that claimed the life Atlanta Braves head athletic trainer Jeff Porter's wife, has been fired, the Associated Press reports.

Crozier was terminated Friday after he, ''failed to use due regard when traveling through the intersection'' through a red light, according to a police report on the crash that killed 54-year-old Kathy Porter on New Year's Eve, Col. Mark W. McDonough said in a statement.

Crozier's vehicle had all its emergency equipment activated and ran the light while on his way to help another trooper in a chase, according to an accident report released Friday.

The Porter family and a friend were on their way to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome New Year's Eve, when they were struck by Crozier's cruiser at about 4:40 p.m. at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Capitol Avenue.

State Patrol officials said Crozier was heading west on Memorial Drive and was on his way to assist another trooper who was attempting to stop a motorcyclist on Interstate 20, west of the Downtown Connector. The motorcyclist had failed to yield, authorities said at the time.


Witness Sandy Jones said Crozier was speeding toward the red light and did not slow down before entering the intersection, the report states.

The trooper collided with the passenger side of the Ford Expedition driven by Jeff Porter.

Jeff Porter, 19-year-old David Porter and Courtney Ann Williams, 18, were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment and later released.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Jeff Porter, MLB

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