Sunday, April 28, 2013

Update: McDonough boy, 14, struck by police car while riding bicycle has died

Update: McDonough boy, 14, struck by police car while riding bicycle has died, A 14-year-old boy who was struck by a Henry County patrol car while riding his bicycle died Sunday.

And the officer accused of hitting him is on leave, according Henry County police.

The county’s coroner Mr. Donald Cleveland told Channel 2 Action News that Chandler Jacob Weems, of McDonough, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

“On behalf of the Henry County Police Department and Police Chief (Keith) Nichols, we express our sadness and sympathy to the family for their loss,” Henry County Police spokesman Sgt. Joey Smith said in the statement.

The incident happened around 12:25 p.m. at the intersection of North Ola and Turner Church roads in McDonough, according to Georgia State Patrol.

Officer Denise Allyson Romano, 35, was heading north on North Ola Road in a Henry County patrol car when a westbound bicyclist entered her lane of travel from a private driveway, GSP’s spokesman Mr. Gordy Wright has said.

Weems was air-lifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

Henry County police spokesman Sgt. Joey Smith said the officer, who was enroute to her regular duties, could not avoid the wreck.

She is “very distraught, of course,” but is uninjured, Sgt. Smith said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Georgia State Patrol is handling the investigation.

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