Cobb County, Georgia (May 25, 2023) - A Cobb County jury has found a driver responsible for the death of a Smyrna police officer in a car accident that happened in 2020.
The Smyrna officer was working traffic enforcement on South Cobb Drive near the Interstate 285 interchange on the night of April 20, 2020. Dispatch lost contact with the officer late that night, and 911 operators began receiving calls about an officer-involved accident.
When officers arrived on the scene, it appeared that the patrol vehicle had caved in, and there was an SUV with significant front-end damage.
That night, it was reported that the Smyrna officer had noticed a car speeding and pulled out onto South Cobb Drive to initiate a traffic stop. Before he could, a Chevrolet Tahoe turned in front of his vehicle, causing an accident to occur.
Internal injuries were sustained by the police officer, and he died soon after being removed from his vehicle.
The officer had been with the department for two years, working in the Uniform Patrol Division at night. He had served in the reserves and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He had recently received a lifesaving award and had applied to join the department's DUI task force.
According to court documents, Georgia State Patrol troopers spoke with the Tahoe's 38-year-old driver and detected "the odor of alcohol." GBI investigators determined that Cox was under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred after obtaining a search warrant for his blood.
After two days of deliberations, a jury found Cox guilty of one count of vehicular homicide by vehicle 1st degree, one count of failure to yield, one count of open container, and one count of tampering with evidence.
Cox was released on bond prior to the trial and is now being held at the Cobb County Jail.
He will be sentenced for the charges in June.