Ga. investigator killed in on-duty car crash

Donald Crooms, 56, was serving subpoenas for a trial at the time of the crash

Duty Death: Donald Crooms - [Warner Robins, Georgia]

End of Service: 03/30/2022


By Sarah Calams

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — A district attorney investigator was killed in an on-duty car crash last week. 

Donald Crooms, 56, with the Houston County District Attorney's Office, was serving subpoenas for a trial this week at the time of the crash, reported 13WMAZ.com. On March 30, Kandace Jackson, 27, drifted into oncoming traffic, hitting Crooms' vehicle. Police said Jackson died at the scene.  

As a result of the crash, Crooms' vehicle then struck another driver, 20-year-old Jesse Tomlinson. Tomlinson was not injured, but Crooms died of his injuries at the hospital.  

Crooms served with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office from 1986 to 2011, where he retired as lieutenant. He later trained future police officers at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center from 2013 to 2016. From 2016 to 2019, he served as a police officer at Middle Georgia University Police Department. And in 2020, he joined the Houston County District Attorney's Office as an investigator.  

"We at the DA’s Office are heartbroken and deeply saddened by the loss of our brother and co-worker," acting District Attorney William Kendall said. "Getting news like this, going to the scene and making notifications to loved ones is nothing short of tragic. Richard set the example for others to follow and kept a kind attitude, I know he loved his family and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement. He often would share stories about his family and children, always speaking words of love. I knew Richard to be kindhearted, fair and motivated. He was quick to make friends, quick to help out and seemed to always have an optimistic mindset. Richard was an asset to this Office and the people of Houston County." 

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