Deputy critical after hit, run on U.S. 29

By JOHN A. WINTERS john@newnan.com An off-duty Clayton County sheriff's deputy remained in critical condition Tuesday after a head-on collision over the weekend on U.S. 29 north of Newnan. Amy Marie Kemper, driving a motorcycle, was hit head-on by a Chevy Blazer in the late Saturday night accident, said a Georgia State Patrol trooper on Tuesday.
"She is stable but is still in critical condition," said Clayton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Brian Crisp. Kemper, 39, has been with the sheriff's office for 18 years. The driver of the 1993 Chevy Blazer, Christopher Lynn Brown, 26, faces several charges, including Driving Under the Influence and leaving the scene of an accident with injury. The accident occurred just north of Lake Ridge Way on U.S. 29 North about 10:30 p.m. Brown was southbound when he left his lane, went into the northbound lane and then into a ditch running alongside the highway, said Sgt. Brandon Dawson. Brown continued down the ditch, hit a driveway culvert and then a mailbox, Dawson said. The Blazer continued in the ditch for a while longer before finally getting back on the highway's northbound lane -- still headed south. At the same time, Kemper, driving a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, was headed northbound on U.S. 29, the trooper said. "When he (Brown) got back on the highway, he went directly into the path of Miss Kemper," Dawson said. "The front end of her motorcycle hit his left front side." The impact threw Kemper from her motorcycle, and the cycle ended up in a ditch. The trooper said Brown continued about seven-tenths of a mile, but finally stopped because his car became disabled. Kemper was airlifted to an Atlanta-area hospital. Dawson said the deputy suffered multiple fractures on her left side. Brown was arrested and charged with serious injury with a vehicle, DUI, failure to maintain lane, leaving the scene of accident, careless driving using cell phone, and reckless driving, according to the trooper and Coweta County Jail records.

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