Officials have confirmed Corporal Thomas Keith Slay with the Columbus Police Department has died in a car wreck on Veterans Parkway Tuesday afternoon in Columbus. He was 53-years-old.
Corporal Slay was a 32-year veteran with the department where he was a Special Agent assigned to the Metro Narcotics Task Force. Corporal Slay was also a helicopter pilot for the department.
Special Agent Brad Evans, who is also assigned to the multi-agency task force, was a passenger in the car and was injured in the crash. The Russell County Sheriff deputy underwent surgery Tuesday evening at the Medical Center and is listed in stable condition.
A press release issued by the Columbus Police Department Tuesday evening said at approximately 3:00 p.m. Corporal Slay was responding to a request for assistance from another unit. He was driving with lights and sirens on, heading north bound on Veterans Parkway, when Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr said a vehicle pulled out in front of the undercover truck and the two collided. Sheriff Darr said it appears Slay tried to swerve to miss the vehicle, but fell into a ditch and hit a telephone pole.
The accident happened next to the Columbus Body Works Northlake. Alan Brown, an employee at the auto shop was working on a car when the accident happened.
"It sounded like a bomb going off, says Brown. "We ran outside and saw a cloud of smoke and the pole folded in half."
Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren released a statement that reads,
"Obviously, this is a devastating time for the families of those lost and injured and for the brethren of officers that served with these men. We ask the entire community to lift Special Agents Slay and Evans up in prayer, as well as their families. We are talking about true public servants and law enforcement officers and this is just devastating to us all."
The Motor Squad of the Columbus Police Department is investigating the incident.
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