ATLANTA (AP/ WAOK) – An Atlanta police officer charged in a deadly weekend accident has now been fired. Joshua Sieck, who graduated in June from the police academy, was fired by Chief George Turner effective immediately, according to APD spokesman Sgt. Curtis Davenport. Further details were not made available.
According to Fulton County Police Detective Melissa Parker, 31-year-old Joshua Sieck was responding to a call on Saturday afternoon when he collided with a BMW at Cascade and Fairburn Road.
Jacqueline Culp, 59, died from her injuries on Monday.
“We have charged him with second-degree vehicular homicide as opposed to first-degree. First degree would be if you were DUI or reckless driving,” said Parker.
A third driver, Kenyatta White, said Sieck appeared to be driving too fast.
“He was responding to a call, an emergency call he was dispatched to; however, officers would still have to use due caution when entering an intersection meaning that he would have to slow down and be mindful of all of his surroundings,” said Parker.
“It just goes to show that police officers are human and can make the same mistakes as anyone else. It just kind of reflects to all the officers that they need to be careful and be mindful that we can all make mistakes and accidents can happen to anyone,” said Parker.
Funeral services for Ms. Culp were held today.