Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul and Sheriff's Lt. Terron Hayes share a laugh at a news conference announcing the 2nd annual Building Unity in the Community BBQ with free food and, as you can see, fun, scheduled for Saturday in the Eighth Avenue ball park.
ALBANY, Ga. — A Dougherty County Sheriff’s deputy was taken to the hospital with what officials are saying are minor injuries after being hit at the intersection of Gillionville Road and Westover Boulevard.
Lt. Terron Hayes was believed to be suffering from back and neck pain following the crash, which happened around 5 p.m., officials said.
Col. Mark Shirley,
director of operations
for the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office, said that initial reports were that Hayes injuries were not believed to be serious, but that he was being taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
“Thankfully it doesn’t appear that it’s all that serious,” Shirley said. “We’re waiting on him to get to the hospital to get him checked out.”
Hayes, Shirley said, was believed to have been heading home from work when the crash happened.
The Albany Police Department worked the accident.
According to APD Spokesperson Phyllis Banks, Hayes was driving his duty vehicle, a 2010 Ford Explorer, on Gillionville Road when he was struck from behind by Tiffany McDowell, 23, who was driving a 2003 Ford F150 pickup truck.
McDowell has been cited for improper start, Banks said.
Hayes serves as a community liaison with the school system, mentors youth, assists and helps directs the CHAMP program — which aims to keep youth out of crime and street gangs — and serves as the Sheriff’s representative on a number of boards and organizations.