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Still no report on HEAT officer wreck

June 7, 2007

Candler County --  Dougherty County Police still haven't heard from Georgia State Patrol Investigators about the fatal crash involving a Dougherty County Police Officer more than two months ago.

Officer Jeremiah Fenn continues to work on administrative duty, and no charges have been filed. His HEAT patrol car crashed into and SUV on I-16 April 3rd as Fenn traveled to Savannah to help in a state crackdown on dangerous driving.

Troopers say Fenn was distracted by looking at his police computer. The passenger in that SUV was killed, and the driver seriously injured.

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek says waiting on the investigation report is tough on the victim's family, Officer Fenn, and the Department which is operating one officer short.

"This out of our control. GSP Reconstruction Team is, we've been told, extremely backlogged administratively. They handle these all over the state, and they have limited resources," said Cheek.

GSP officials told Cheek the investigation may not be complete until September.

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