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Former DCP officer blamed for fatal wreck

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Arrest warrants are issued for a former Dougherty County Police officer, charging him for a fatal car crash in Southeast Georgia in April 2007.

Jeremiah Fenn is charged with misdemeanor homicide by vehicle in the second degree, following too close, and speeding 80 miles an hour in a 70 mile zone by Candler County authorities.

In 2007 Fenn was driving a Dougherty County Police HEAT unit on I-16, going to take part in a state transportation crackdown on speeding in Savannah, when he hit a trailer being towed by an SUV.

The SUV overturned, Milton Wilcox was killed, his father William Wilcox was paralyzed. The Georgia State Patrol crash report was just finished, blaming Fenn with causing the crash.

"It's been a strain for everybody," said Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek. "Obviously for the officer. I'm sure for the family involved. It was an accident, a terrible accident. But we're glad it's coming to a conclusion."

Fenn is now working with the Marine Corps Logistics Base Police Force. Cheek says Fenn has already made arrangements to turn himself in to Candler County authorities.

The Wilcox family has filed a federal lawsuit against the county, Fenn, and a second DCP officer who was traveling to Savannah in another HEAT car.

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