Postal Inspector Preston Boyd Parnell United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government End of Watch: Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Postal Inspector Preston Boyd Parnell

United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 46
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: January 25, 2007
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell
United States Postal Inspection Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza
Washington, DC 20260
Phone: (877) 876-2455

Postal Inspector Preston Parnell succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Highway 43, near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on January 25th, 2007.
He was conducting a joint operation with a special agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation when they were involved in the crash. Inspector Parnell suffered severe head trauma, a broken neck, and other injuries. He never fully recovered and passed away as a result of the injuries on July 26th, 2012.
Inspector Parnell is survived by his wife and two sons.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Preston Parnell, a former Birmingham postal inspector who was seriously injured in a 2007 car crash while on duty, died today.
On Jan. 25, 2007 Parnell and an FBI agent he was working with on a Hurricane Katrina disaster fraud case were both injured in a crash on U.S. 43 in Tuscaloosa County. Parnell suffered traumatic injuries in the accident and was never able to return to duty, according to a statement from Keith Morris, postal inspector in charge of the Atlanta division.
Parnell and the FBI agent had been investigating Federal Emergency Management Agency check fraud involving Hurricane Katrina at the time of the crash, according to a postal inspection service statement.
Parnell and the FBI agent reached a settlement in a civil lawsuit against the driver of a car, and the company he worked for, in 2010.  That lawsuit claimed the driver had diverted his attention to a ringing cellphone before he struck and pushed another vehicle into the path of the vehicle in which Parnell and the FBI agent were riding.
"It was just a tragedy that his career and life was cut short," Doug Jones, the attorney for Parnell in the civil case, said today.
Jones, a former U.S. Attorney, said he had known Parnell while working on cases both as a defense lawyer and in his role as prosecutor. He said that everyone who ever worked with Parnell always saw him as dedicated, professional and "really one of the good guys in law enforcement."
Parnell, a native of South Carolina, graduated from the Postal Inspectors Academy in Potomac, MD. He began his inspection service career on Jan. 12, 1991 and was assigned to Birmingham where he worked on mail fraud cases.
A viewing for Parnell will be held Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. at the Southern Heritage Funeral Home on Cahaba Valley Road in Pelham.  A Memorial Service will follow at 5 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in the memory of Preston Parnell to the Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
Parnell is survived by his wife and two sons. 

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