It isn’t often that the Atlanta police respond to an accident scene only to learn that one of the victims was an off-duty police officer. This is exactly what happened on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 when police received reports of a Northwest Atlanta crash. The accident happened in the early morning hours, but the press reports did not indicate a specific time that the accident took place.
The police arrived at the scene at the 3000 block of Piedmont Road in Northwest Atlanta. All they knew going into the scene was that it involved two vehicles. They also quickly learned that one of the drivers was none other than a police officer.
The Georgia State Patrol officers initiated their investigation as soon as they got to the scene. There have been no charges filed against the officer, Mark Shields. He was driving his personal vehicle and was off duty at the time of the crash.
Officer Shields was attempting to make a left-hand turn from Lenox Road onto Piedmont Road. At the same time, another vehicle was shifting from the inside lanes into the far-right lanes of Piedmont Road. The officer had already turned onto the road and was unable to prevent crashing into the other driver.
The second driver has been identified as 59-year-old Philip Sutter from Texas. The off-duty officer stayed with the man and tried to help him while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. Sadly, his injuries were so severe, there was no saving him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the Northwest Atlanta crash. They have not indicated that any charges will be filed. Once the investigation is complete, Sutter’s family may have a potential claim against Shields.
If you’re hurt in a multi-vehicle accident, contact an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney right away to discuss the next steps and potential claims.