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Last Updated on November 12, 2023 by Fumipets
Tragedy Strikes as ‘Beloved’ Police Dog Loses Life in Cruel Crash
In a heart-wrenching incident that unfolded on a quiet Saturday morning, tragedy struck the Franklin Police Division (FPD) in Ohio, leaving a ‘beloved’ K9 dead and two officers injured. The somber event occurred when a reckless driver, identified as 21-year-old Michal T. Sims from Nicholasville, Kentucky, collided with a police patrol vehicle.
Wrong-Way Collision Claims ‘Beloved’ K9 and Injures Officers
The fatal crash, transpiring at approximately 10:40 a.m. on South River Street in Franklin, Ohio, unfolded as two FPD officers were on patrol with their loyal K9 companion, Fury. Sims, driving a 2015 Jeep Patriot, careened into the marked police vehicle at an alarming speed, resulting in catastrophic consequences.
Details of the Crash:
- The impact claimed the life of K9 Fury, a cherished member of the Franklin Police Division.
- Two FPD officers sustained minor injuries in the collision.
- Sims faces charges of felonious assault of a police officer and felonious assault of a police dog.
High-Speed Tragedy: Preliminary Investigation Unveils Shocking Details
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), the preliminary investigation indicates that Sims was driving at approximately 70 mph in a 25 mph zone before colliding with the FPD cruiser. The force of the impact propelled the Jeep off the road, ultimately striking a tree before coming to a halt.
OSHP Sergeant Bridget Matt Reveals:
- Sims is being treated for minor injuries at Atrium Medical Center.
- He will face the legal consequences once released, including initial charges of assault.
- Further criminal charges are under consideration as OSHP continues its thorough investigation.
Fury’s Tragic End: A Heartfelt Farewell to a Hero K9
Fury, the courageous K9 companion, was rushed to a local veterinarian but succumbed to his injuries before 11:40 a.m. Franklin Police Division took to Facebook to express their grief, describing Fury as a ‘beloved’ member of their family. The department pledged to take the necessary time to process the loss of their protector before releasing additional details.
Franklin Police Division’s Facebook Post:
“With a heavy heart, the Franklin Police Division has lost a beloved member of our family. We are processing the loss of our protector.”
Recovery and Legal Proceedings Unfold
The two injured officers were transported to Kettering Health Franklin for treatment, while Sims is under medical care at Atrium Medical Center. Once discharged, he will face legal proceedings at the Warren County Jail. OSHP emphasized that impairment is not believed to be a factor, though investigations are ongoing.
- Additional criminal charges may be levied as OSHP continues its comprehensive inquiry.
- The identities of the injured officers have not been disclosed.
In the aftermath of this tragic incident, the Franklin Police Division, alongside the community, mourns the loss of Fury, a dedicated and ‘beloved’ member of their force.
For further details and updates, refer to the Newsweek article.