Deputy involved accident on Mike Padgett Highway, other driver dead

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#UPDATE | August 12, 2021 (WJBF) – The Richmond County Coroner’s Office is investigating a traffic fatality that occurred Wednesday night on Highway 56 at Moore Road.  

Diedra Briggs, 34, years old of Henry Circle was traveling north on Highway 56.

Richmond County Deputy Casey Donald was traveling south on Highway 56 responding to an emergency call when Briggs turned left in front of the patrol car.

Briggs was transported to Augusta University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 9:14 p.m.

An autopsy has been scheduled.

Deputy Donald has been admitted to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.

He has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since April 2019 and is assigned to Road Patrol Operations.


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Georgia State Patrol is investigating an an officer involved accident on Mike Padgett Highway.

Wednesday, August 11th at 8:31 p.m., a Richmond County Deputy was driving south on Mike Padgett Highway near the intersection of Moore road, responding to a call. Another vehicle turned into the path of the deputy, causing a collision.

The deputy and the driver of the other vehicle were transported to Augusta University Medical Center. The deputy has serious but non-life threatening injuries while the driver of the other vehicle is reported to be critical.

There is no further information available at this time. Identities are being withheld until the family is notified.


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