Smyrna — Police Officer Killed in T-Bone Collision on South Cobb Drive Southeast
Posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 at 12:15 am
At around 11 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020, a police officer was killed in a T-bone collision that occurred in Smyrna, Georgia.
According to initial reports, Christopher Eric Ewing, 34, was driving his parked patrol vehicle southbound on South Cobb Drive Southeast. Meanwhile, Robert Lorenzo Cox, 35, was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe northbound. Cox was attempting to turn left to Oak Drive Southeast when the police car collided with the Tahoe.
Ewing was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cox sustained non-life-threatening injuries. He was suspected to be impaired by alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash. As a result, he was arrested on a felony charge of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, as well as several misdemeanors including driving under the influence and tampering with evidence.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Christopher Eric Ewing. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car accidents are a serious problem in this day and age, and yet they still happen quite often. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death. So that is roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone. The three common causes of car accidents are DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs), speeding, and driving while distracted.
A particular kind of vehicular accident is the T-bone collision. A T-bone collision, also known as a side-impact or broadside collision, involves a vehicle being hit on its side by the front end of another vehicle. According to NHTSA, T-bone accidents represent 13 percent of all car accidents in the United States. Additionally, 18 percent of all fatal car accidents (in which one or more person is killed) are T-bone style collisions.
T-bone collisions are the deadliest for children, and over the past 20 years, deaths caused by T-bone crashes have increased by 20%, from 31% to 51% due to increased travel speeds and a heightened number of SUVs. Those who are lucky enough to survive T-bone impact collisions often suffer brain injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, and back, neck and spine injuries. Occupants on the struck side of the vehicle often sustain far worse injuries than those received in rear-end crashes.
Car accidents, especially T-bone collisions, are undeniably devastating for the victims and their loved ones. For that reason, if you are a victim of a T-bone collision, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this type of crash, then never hesitate to reach out for help. The police will be there for you, but more than that, car accident attorneys are also present to help you protect your rights and get the justice that you deserve.