The Georgia State Patrol has released the name of a police officer who suffered fatal injuries in a Clayton County two-car crash on Monday morning, April 19. He was identified as 22-year-old Armondo Mendoza.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Tara Boulevard and North Main Street. Mendoza was off-duty when the accident occurred. He was rushed to hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.
Police spokeswoman Officer Aubriel Stroud said the first reports about the accident came in around 9:40 a.m.
According to the GSP, the driver of a Lexus ES330 failed to yield as they attempted to make a left turn from Tara Boulevard onto Main Street. The Lexus then crashed into the driver’s side of Mendoza’s patrol car.
Mendoza’s car ended up in the Preferred Roofing and Tools parking lot while the Lexus stayed in the road. Both vehicles suffered lots of damage.
The driver of the Lexus was identified as 81-year-old Hue Phan. He was taken to hospital in critical condition. No update has been provided on his status.
Mendoza had been a cop for just over a year. Stroud said he became interested in law enforcement a few years ago after he visited the department with his mother who was catering an event.
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill remembered the officer as someone who was mannerly and always had a positive attitude.
In a brief statement on Twitter, Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp said he was grateful for Mendoza’s service to the state and he was praying for his family and friends.
The GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction is investigating the Clayton County two-car crash.
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