Police vehicle crash

A Cobb police vehicle crashed into the dividing barrier at the Windy Hill Road exit of Interstate 75 southbound on June 11. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

CUMBERLAND — Police say the investigation into last week’s Cobb police patrol vehicle crash at the Windy Hill exit of Interstate 75 southbound is ongoing.

According to a police report, Officer Julia Nance said she attempted to exit I-75 at the Windy Hill exit ramp when “traffic stopped unexpectedly.” Nance reported that she made an evasive maneuver to avoid hitting other vehicles also exiting the highway and struck the barrier on the left side of the exit.

After striking the barrier, the officer’s vehicle crossed the exit lanes and hit the right wall of the exit ramp, where it came to rest, the report shows.

Nance appeared “disoriented from the force of the impact,” and said she had been traveling northbound at the time of the crash, according to the reporting officer.

A witness account documented in the report only states the patrol car came from the southbound travel lanes and struck the barrier. The witness did not respond to request for comment.

Nance was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with minor injuries, according to Sgt. Wayne Delk, a spokesman for the Cobb County Police Department.

Police undergo an extensive investigation after any incident or accident, according to Officer Neil Penirelli, another spokesman for the police department.

“We get alcohol and drug tested after any kind of accident, plus have to go in front of an accident review panel, where punishment will be decided,” Penirelli said.

Police did not take photos at the scene of the crash, according to the police report.

Delk said Nance was not cited at the scene of the crash and the cause is so far unknown as the investigation continues.

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Ice Dogg

Traffic that has "stopped unexpectedly" does not cause an accident for those driving a safe speed for conditions and not distracted by in-car computers etc. If you are driving at the speed appropriate for conditions and paying attention, how can you not see a mass of stopped 2 ton vehicles with brake lights illuminated? Clearly this officer was driving distracted, or has poor vision, or was driving too fast for conditions - or some combinations of the above. Might be time for some desk duty.

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