State vs. Joshua Sieck  

Atlanta– A former Atlanta Police Officer accused of causing a deadly crash in the line of duty has been indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury. Officer Joshua Sieck, 33, was indicted Tuesday afternoon on charges of Homicide by Vehicle in the First and Second Degree, Reckless Driving and Speeding in connection with the death of 59-year-old Jacqueline Culp.

The crash happened on July 21, 2012 at the intersection of Cascade and Fairburn Roads in Southwest Atlanta. Mrs. Culp was traveling south on Fairburn Road and had the right-of-way. As she entered the intersection of Fairburn and Cascade, she was t-boned at high impact by the police vehicle driven by Officer Sieck. The Officer, en route to a non-emergency call as back-up, was traveling at a speed of 65 miles per hour– twenty miles above the posted speed limit. Prosecutors allege the officer failed to use “due regard” as he sped through the intersection. Sieck, the indictment alleges, never attempted to apply his brakes or ensure the roadway was clear before proceeding through the red light. Mrs. Culp suffered massive injuries and died two days after the crash.

Sieck, a newly sworn officer who had been on the job less than a year, was terminated by the Atlanta Police Department shortly after the accident. The Fulton County Police Department began an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash and then forwarded the case to the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit to determine if criminal charges should be sought against Officer Sieck.

Following today’s indictment, the case will now be assigned to a Fulton County Superior Court Judge and scheduled for trial.

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