From Macon.com: Richard Daniels had just made an overnight security check at Reece Funeral Home when he headed east down U.S. 80 to do to the same at some churches.
While most of Twiggs County was sleeping about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Daniels was out patrolling streets and protecting property on what would be his last night on the job....
On a dark, lonely stretch of road that time of morning, he apparently never saw what hit him. A huge oak toppled over at mile marker 6. The impact on the 55 mph highway killed him instantly and tore the roof off his patrol car. It kept going another 271 feet after clipping the tree trunk that was suspended off the ground.Read more: http://www.macon.com/2010/06/23/1172054/funeral-likely-friday-after-deputy.html#ixzz0rfmRHvf7
This can show you how dangerous a police officer job is, no matter what the circumstance. A man just doing his job, is killed by a tree hanging about 5 feet over the road. As other officers noted, he died so that this accident would not happen to another person.
RIP, deputy, job well done.