Sheriff still recovering from injuries he suffered in I-75 crash
by Jon Gillooly
August 19, 2013 01:45 PM | 6529 views | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sheriff Neil Warren
Sheriff Neil Warren
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Photo from Fox 5 Atlanta
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From left, Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren, and newly appointed Chief Deputy Sheriff Milton Beck. <br>Special to the MDJ
From left, Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren, and newly appointed Chief Deputy Sheriff Milton Beck.
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MARIETTA — Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren remained as Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on Friday afternoon recovering from a Thursday car wreck on I-75.

“The sheriff is still down at Grady, and they’re doing testing, and we really just don’t know more than that right now,” Col. Don Bartlett with the Cobb Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon. “We don’t know what’s wrong with him or how serious it is.”

Bartlett said he had visited Warren, who is 66, at the hospital Thursday night.

“I saw him last night when I was down there and was able to talk to him and he seemed OK,” Bartlett said. “You know, he and Col. (Milton) Beck were banged up pretty badly in that wreck with that car flipping over like it did, so like I said, they’re still doing the testing, and as far as anything specific even if I knew anything, which I don’t, out of just patient confidentiality and privacy I can’t give anything like that out.”

Warren and Chief Deputy Milton Beck were on their way to the state Capitol Thursday when a man driving a Ford pickup truck pulling a trailer lost control while merging onto I-75 south of the Northside Drive exit. The man, 40-year-old Jeffrey Ronald Collins of Loganville, hit the white sport-utility vehicle being driven by Beck, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Collins “came all the way across from the right hand side and hit the back end of their car, which then spun the front end around, and then the vehicle rolled down the expressway over and over,” Bartlett said.

Beck, Collins and his passenger, Timothy Lamont Johnson, 48, from Lithonia, were not seriously injured. Warren was taken by ambulance to Grady with minor injuries.

Beck was recovering at home on Friday.

“Milton Beck was banged up pretty badly,” Bartlett said.

As for his Thursday night visit with Warren, Bartlett added, “He was talking. He was coherent. He was banged up but OK.”

Warren and Beck were driving to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harris Hines as the high court’s new presiding justice.

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August 20, 2013
I bet Warren would rather have had his car broke into while parked at a light rail than have his vetebrae broke in a car crash.

And yet, we fear the petty crime supposedly brought to limited public transit routes rather than what actually happens to us... a broken vertebrae of the Sheriff being a clear example.

You can take steps to keep your car from being broke into, and you can also be a "safe" driver, but look what happens to even the safest driver

However misguided I feel Sheriff Warren can be on some topics, I wish him well and a speedy recovery.

NOBODY deserves this, so why do we perpetuate this extremely high risk, car dependent transporation system? We do we fight tooth and nail against any potential little change to this fatal system? WHY? WHY? WHY?

WHY do we choose broken bones and death and CARnage over, with LIMITED public transit, shoplifting at the mall and fools getting their car windows broken out and their $600 phone stolen off the car seat? WHYYYYYYyyyYYYYYYYY?

Why not have public transit and have it go everywhere so there is no effect on crime? If public transit went everywhere, as roads seems to, the "transit brings crime" people could no longer make that argument. Public transit does not bring crime in real cities where people really use it!

We could live free from pockets of petty crime, free from broken bones, free from traffic fatalties, all the high school football players and cheerleaders who died in single car crashes into trees would be alive today, even the kids nobody cares about who died in car crashes would be alive today.

Why do we keep killing, other than "death and taxes" being the ways of America?

The American Dream anymore is to just make it through life without causing or incurring serious injury or premature death due to a car!

People spend all kinds of money for lotions to smear on themselves and pills to gobble for the claimed (but "not evaluated by the FDA") purpose of looking younger and living longer, all while ignoring the obvious life shortener in their lives: the car!

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