In­juries claim life of NCSO deputy

Justin White crashed Oct. 30 on his way to an emer­gency call

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - JACKIE GUTKNECHT jgutknecht@cov­news.com

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.

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The hearse car­ry­ing Justin White en­ters the Church of Cov­ing­ton un­der a wav­ing Amer­i­can flag Satur­day.

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Deputy Justin White stands with Mor­gan White and daugh­ter Charlee White.

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The funeral pro­ces­sion for Justin White trav­els down High­way 142 Satur­day to­ward the Church of Cov­ing­ton.

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New­ton County Sher­iff’s Deputy Justin White stands with Capt. Sammy Banks.

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