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Georgia Deputy Dies In Tragic Hit And Run Accident

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Two men have been arrested for their involvement in a recent hit and run auto accident that left a Cobb County sheriff’s deputy dead. The driver has been charged with vehicular homicide, a felony under these circumstances, hit and run, failure to maintain lane, and driving without a license. The passenger has been charged with falsely reporting the car as stolen after abandoning it at the scene of the accident. Deputy Loren Lilly, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the ajc.com:

Deputy Loren Lilly, 41, was headed south on Powder Springs Road near Baltimore Place about 5:40 a.m. when his green Honda Civic collided with another car that had veered from its lane, Marietta police said.
Lilly’s car overturned several times, and he was killed at the scene, said Officer Casey Camp.
The two men in the second car, a white Ford Taurus, ran away before police arrived.
Both men were later arrested.
Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren said in a news release that it was a “tragic accident,” and he described Lilly as a “fine deputy.”

Because Lilly was not on duty at the time of the accident the fireman’s rule will not prevent his family from seeking redress from the reckless and wanton driver. The fireman’s rule is a principle of law that typically applies to emergency personnel such as firefighters, policemen, etc. that engage in highly dangerous activities as a part of their daily duties to the public. It can prevent those engaged in these highly dangerous acts from bringing a civil suit against others while in the line of duty if they are injured.