Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Doraville Police Officer killed in wrongway interstate crash.
DORAVILLE, GA -- Authorities said a Doraville police detective was killed in a wrong-way traffic accident on Interstate 20 early Monday morning.
The accident happened on Interstate 20 westbound near Wesley Chapel Road in DeKalb County at about 2:30 a.m. The detective, Robert Shane Wilson, 27, was killed in the wreck.
Police said Wilson was headed westbound in an unmarked police SUV, when, they said, a Jeep headed eastward in the westbound lanes struck Wilson's car head-on.
The driver of the Jeep, Gene Jones of Dunwoody, 39, was taken to Grady hospital in stable condition. Police said charges against Jones are pending. Police believe Jones had been drinking prior to the accident.
Wilson started his career as a dispatcher in Doraville at age 19. He became a patrol officer, and was promoted to detective in September, said Chief John King. Wilson was en route from his home in Covington to investigate a home invasion case when the collision occurred.
King said Wilson was well respected in the ethnically diverse city. He said officers in his department are struggling to handle the death of their young colleague.
Visitation for Detective Wilson is set for Tuesday and Wednesday at Scott Ward Funeral Home in Conyers. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Conyers. Wilson leaves a wife and a six-year-old son. Police say Wilson's mother and stepfather have had careers in law enforcement in DeKalb County.
Funeral procession details will be released once they are finalized.