Off-duty deputy injured in motorcycle accident
by Wes Mayer
An off-duty Coweta County deputy was badly injured in a motorcycle accident in Luthersville Tuesday evening, and he is now being treated and evaluated at Atlanta Medical Center.
Around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, Deputy Rick Truskolaski, who works with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office in the court services division, was riding his motorcycle eastbound on East Oak Street in Luthersville when a Ford F-150 crossed the road in front of him. According to Franka Young with the Department of Public Safety, the Ford’s driver, Christopher Worden, 41, was stopped at the intersection of Highway 54 and East Oak Street traveling northbound, and he failed to yield to Truskolaski and struck the motorcycle’s front tire and front end.
The intersection is a two-way stop, and motorists on East Oak Street are not required to stop. Worden was charged with failure to yield after stopping at a stop sign, Young said.
Truskolaski was seriously injured in the collision and suffered facial and head trauma, a broken jaw, several broken facial bones and damage to his vertebra, said Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Truskolaski was transported by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center, and, according to Nicole Gustin with the hospital, Truskolaski is now listed in serious condition.
On Wednesday, doctors at Atlanta Medical Center chose to sedate Truskolaski to evaluate the extent of his injuries and to possibly plan for surgery, Yeager said. At the scene of the accident, however, Truskolaski was apparently speaking to officers who’d first arrived.