An Atlanta police officer involved in a weekend wreck that killed a woman is now facing charges, according to the Fulton County Police Department.
Fulton County crash investigators say Officer Joshua Sieck was on his way to a call with his lights and sirens on when he struck Jacqueline Culp's BMW at the intersection of Cascade and Fairburn roads on Saturday. His patrol car stopped on the median just a few inches from Cherell Pollard's car on Cascade Road.
"All I saw was a car coming at me from the left side and I'm like, ‘Oh my God, I'm about to get hit,'" Pollard said on Saturday.
Rescuers had to use the Jaws of Life to pull Culp from her car. She lived just a few miles from the crash scene.
Culp, 59, died on Monday from injuries suffered in the crash. Fulton County police charged Sieck on Thursday with second degree vehicular homicide.
"Second degree being that there was no malice forethought, of course no intentional accident was there," said Detective Melissa Parker of the Fulton County Police Department. "Civilians are supposed to give right of way to law enforcement officers or any emergency vehicles. However, an officer has to use due caution, due regard when entering an intersection."
Sieck just graduated from the Atlanta Police Academy in June. The crash left him with leg injuries.
Loved ones say Culp was a retired church secretary who was looking forward to the birth of her first grandchild. She would've celebrated her 60th birthday next month, now her family is bracing for her funeral.
"It's just another very unfortunate accident and several families will be hurt by this," said Parker.
The Atlanta Police Department issued a statement on Thursday saying, "The Atlanta Police Department has been notified of the charges filed against Officer Joshua Sieck. Officer Sieck has been placed on paid administrative leave pending further determination by the Chief of Police regarding his status. The Atlanta Police Department continues to send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Mrs. Jacqueline Culp."
Investigators will return to the scene of the accident on Friday to reconstruct the crash. Parker said that she does not expect any more charges to be filed against Sieck.
Culp's funeral will be held in East Point on Friday morning.
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