• August 31, 2022

Reginald Brannan Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Highway 21 in Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA — August 29, 2022, 23-year-old police officer Reginald Brannan died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 21 in Savannah.

Reports say the incident happened around midnight on Highway 21. Preliminary investigation suggests Brannan, an officer with SPD's Northwest Precinct, was driving home in his personal Honda Accord when he collided with a northbound 18-wheeler that was allegedly traveling slowly for unknown reasons in the center lane.

Brannan suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Reginald Brannan Accident in Savannah

At this point police can't really say what caused this tragic incident. Reports only have a rough description of a man headed home from work when he somehow collided with a truck, but right now there are obviously far too many blanks left to fill in. How slowly was the truck actually moving in the roadway, and why? Were its lights on? Was there other traffic in the area? What are lighting and visibility like along the highway at night? What about road and weather conditions in that area? Could the officer have been distracted, or driving while fatigued? Could or should anything else have been done to prevent this terrible turn of events?

Officer Reginald Brannan Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on SH 21 in Savannah, GA

I don't ask those questions and others in an effort to point fingers or overcomplicate things. I only want what I have a feeling many other people do at this point: Answers. Simply saying that the car hit a truck doesn't tell the people who cared about that officer how or why it happened, and they deserve every bit of information they can get.

I have little doubt that Savannah PD will do everything it can to resolve this matter. If there are steps to take beyond simply learning the whole truth, that will depend on what the truth turns out to be.

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