A former officer was indicted Tuesday afternoon for allegedly hitting and killing a woman after crashing into her vehicle at a high rate of speed.
Joshua Sieck, 33, was charged with reckless driving, speeding as well as first-degree and second-degree homicide by vehicle in the death of 59-year-old Jacqueline Culp, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.
The crash happened on July 21, 2012 at the intersection of Cascade and Fairburn Roads in southwest Atlanta, spokeswoman Yvette Jones said. Investigators said Culp was traveling south on Fairburn Road and had the right-of-way when she was t-boned by a patrol car at high impact as she entered the intersection of Fairburn and Cascade roads.
Officer Sieck was en route to a non-emergency call as back-up and was traveling, 20 miles above the posted speed limit at 65 miles per hour when he allegedly struck Culp’s vehicle, Jones said. Prosecutors said the officer failed to use “due regard” as he allegedly sped through the intersection.
Sieck never attempted to apply his brakes or ensure the roadway was clear before proceeding through the red light, according to the indictment. Culp suffered massive injuries and died two days after the crash, Jones said.
Sieck, who had been on the job less than a year, was terminated by the police department shortly after the crash, officials said. His case, which was investigated by Fulton County police before being turned over to the district attorney’s office, will now be assigned to a Fulton County Superior Court Judge and a date scheduled for his trial.