FRANKLIN COUNTY, GA. (THECOUNT) — Georgia State Patrol deputy, William Garner, has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck by a vehicle while assisting victims at an Interstate 85 crash scene Sunday Night in Franklin County.

Garner, 53, was killed while on-duty, after exiting his cruiser to tend to victims of an I-85 single-vehicle crash near Carnesville Sunday night.

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According to reports, Garner had exited his patrol vehicle after he responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-85 near Carnesville. While he was assisting the victims, he was struck by a Honda Accord, operated by 21-year-old Abdulhafiz Abdullahi, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, around 7 p.m. Sunday.

Abdullahi was charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle. GSP said other charges are pending.

The cause of the deadly incident remains under investigation.

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geo quick facts: Franklin County is a county located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,084. The county seat is Carnesville – Wikipedia.

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