Injuries claim life of NCSO deputy
Justin White crashed Oct. 30 on his way to an emergency call
After more than two weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Atlanta Medical Center (AMC), Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin White succumbed to his injuries Tuesday morning from a single-vehicle crash that occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 30, Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis confirmed.
Davis said the cause of death would be determined from White’s medical records later this week.
Funeral services took place Saturday at the Church at Covington.
White, who was 28-yearsold, was on his way to an emergency call around 2:34 a.m. Oct. 30 in a marked patrol vehicle with emergency equipment activated, according to a statement from the Georgia Department of Public Safety Public Information Office.
The right side tires of his vehicle reportedly left the roadway and entered the west shoulder before re-entering the southbound lanes for Highway 162. White lost control of the vehicle and eventually struck and embankment and overturned, coming to an uncontrolled rest on its roof on the south shoulder of Mote Road, facing east.
The deputy was extricated from the vehicle and transported to AMC. There was no airbag deployed in the crash and White was not wearing a safety belt, according to the statement.
According to the Georgia’s
Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia Seat Belt Law (O.C.G.A. 40-8-76-1), “a passenger vehicle performing an emergency service” is not required to use safety belts.
“The outpouring of this room, and the surrounding counties … I can’t put into words,” Newton County Sheriff’s Captain Sammy Banks told the board of commissioners (BOC) during their Tuesday meeting. “We put our lives on the line every day for the citizens of the county and we will continue. We will still be here no matter what day of the week it is.
“We just ask for prayers, not only from the community but also from its leaders,” Banks said.
Following Banks’ remarks, the commissioners, staff and citizens at the Newton County Historic Courthouse stood in a moment of silence for White Tuesday.
Several commissioners also spoke of prayers for White and his family, and District 3 Commissioner Lanier Sims, who has a 3-year-old son, said he would work on organizing a fundraiser for White’s family.
White’s family started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds during his hospital stay.
Morgan White, Justin White’s wife, posted on the GoFundMe campaign Tuesday afternoon, “The love of my life gained his wings at 8:54 a.m. surrounded by love. If you could please keep us all in your prayers and I will updated with arrangements.”
Together, the Whites have one daughter.
Brittany Gaynes, Morgan’s cousin, started the campaign and submitted an update stating the money will be given to Morgan for any expenses she may have. The rest of the money will go to their daughter. Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme. com/2wsscic.
Donations can also be made at any branch of Bank of North Georgia by making a secure deposit to the “Deputy Justin White Memorial Fund,” or by mailing donations to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Attention: Deputy Justin White Memorial Fund, 15151 Alcovy Road, Covington, GA 30014. The memo section of checks or money orders should be made out to Justin White.
The outpouring of this room, and the surrounding counties … I can’t put into words. We put our lives on the line every day for the citizens of the county and we will continue. We will still be here no matter what day of the week it is. We just ask for prayers, not only from the community but also from its leaders.” — Sammy Banks, Newton County Sheriff’s Capt.
The hearse carrying Justin White enters the Church of Covington under a waving American flag Saturday.
Deputy Justin White stands with Morgan White and daughter Charlee White.
The funeral procession for Justin White travels down Highway 142 Saturday toward the Church of Covington.
Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin White stands with Capt. Sammy Banks.