An accident involving a Georgia State Patrol trooper in McIntosh County has claimed the life of a woman from Florida.
Trooper Bobby Black, 41, who is part of Savannah's Night Hawk DUI Task Force, was traveling north in his patrol car on Interstate 95. About three miles south of the Liberty County line, at mile marker 64, Black struck a 2014 Ford Edge. The Edge was being driven by Sue Lynn Risley of Titusville, Florida; she had also been traveling north. Risley was originally driving in the middle lane, then signaled to the left to pass traffic and moved from the middle to the inside lane. The front portion of Black's car struck the rear of Risley's car. The impact pushed her car to the left, causing it to flip and overturn several times. The vehicle traveled across to the east shoulder of the roadway before stopping.
Risley died at the scene of the accident, while Black was not injured. He attempted to render aid and perform CPR.
At this time, the State Patrol's crash reconstruction team and its Office of Professional Standards and investigating the wreck. It is not clear how fast either vehicle was traveling at the time, but State Patrol Col. Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said that all indications at this time are that Ms. Risley did make a legal lane change.
McDonough said that Black has never been involved in any other wrecks in his time with the State Patrol and that he has been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.