GSP: Driver was distracted by cell phone when box truck struck GPD patrol car


Griffin Police Department Officer Amanda Frix and Officer Erin McAdams continue to recover from injuries sustained when their patrol car was struck by a commercial truck.

According to Sgt. 1st Class K.J. Searcy, of the Georgia State Patrol-Griffin Post, the wreck, which occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. Monday, was caused by a distracted driver.

“It appears that the box truck failed to stop for the red light and travelled through the intersection. The police car, which had a green light, was traveling through the intersection at the same time and the box truck struck the police car on the driver’s side,” Searcy said.

Searcy said the commercial vehicle a Ford Super Duty – an Aramark delivery box truck – was driven by 26-year-old Gregory Blake Bell, of Hampton. Authorities say he sustained minor injuries when his vehicle overturned after the collision.

Bell was cited with failure to obey traffic control device and he was also given a warning for distracted driving, failure to exercise due regard.

When asked the basis of the distracted driving charge, Searcy said, “He (Bell) stated that he was actually reaching down for his phone.”

Speed was not considered a contributing factor.

Frix was seriously injured in the incident and was transported by air ambulance to the Atlanta Medical Center trauma unit. McAdams sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital.

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  1. I see the GPD on their phones, texting and driving all the time sitting at red lights and driving down the road all the time.. also on their laptops in the patrol cars. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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