Deputy Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Crapse, Sr.
Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
End of Watch: Friday, June 15, 2012
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: June 15, 2012
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Injured
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Clyde R. Smith
Bryan County Sheriff’s Office
95 Public Safety Way
Pembroke, GA 31321
Phone: (912) 653-3800
Deputy Sheriff Bobby Crapse was killed when his patrol vehicle was struck head-on by a wrong way driver on I-95, near mile mark 97 in Chatham County, at approximately 2:15 am.
He had just completed a traffic control assignment and was driving back to the north part of Bryan County when the crash occurred. Deputy Crapse’s canine partner sustained very minor injuries in the crash.
Deputy Crapse is survived by his wife and three children.
A Bryan County Sheriff’s Deputy was killed by a driver traveling the wrong way and with lights off on I-95 early Friday morning on I-95.
33-year-old Robert Crapse, a canine officer, was on the way home to the north part of the county when the head-on collision happened, authorities say.
The accident shut down a portion on Interstate 95 for some time.
Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Spokeswoman Gena Sullivan says 23-year-old Patricia Ann Collins of Richmond hill was driving the car that struck Deputy Crapse.
Collins was taken to the hospital by helicopter with what police call life-threatening injuries.
Sullivan told News 3 Savannah-Chatham Metro Police dispatch had actually received calls of a vehicle traveling the wrong way down the interstate with its lights off just before the call came in about the deadly crash.
According to police, the impact spun both vehicles. Collins’ car ended up facing northbound in the far left lane, and the deputies vehicle ended up in the ditch. A second Bryan County Deputy pulled Deputy Crapse from his vehicle after the accident. He had been following him home after their shift.
Sullivan also said that Pooler Fire had to extract Collins to be airlifted by Lifestar.
Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident, that occurred in Pooler’s jurisdiction. Garden City PD, Richmond Hill PD, Southside fire and SCMPD officers were all on scene.
According to Bryan County officials, Crapse had been a deputy for several years and first worked for Bryan County as a corrections officer. We were also told that the deputy was married and had three children.
According to reports, Deputy Crapse had his dog in the car with him.
Flags can be seen flying at half-staff today in Pembroke. Pembroke Telephone Manager Stephanie Morrison said out of respect for Deputy Crapse and his family.