Update (Nov. 16, 2 p.m.): Funeral arrangements have been made for Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin White.
Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 18 at Chapel of Caldwell and Cowan, located at 1215 Access Road, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Church at Covington, located at 11975 Highway 142 in Oxford. The procession will start at 10 a.m., the family will be escorted at 10:30 a.m. and the service will begin at 11 a.m.
See the full obituary here.
After more than two weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Atlanta Medical Center (AMC), Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin White succumbed to his injuries this morning from a single-vehicle crash that occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 30, Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis confirmed.
Davis said the cause of death would be determined from White’s medical records later this week.
White, who was 28 years old, was on his way to an emergency call around 2:34 a.m. in a marked patrol vehicle with emergency equipment activated, according to a statement from the Georgia Department of Public Safety Public Information Office.
The right side tires of his vehicle reportedly left the roadway and entered the west shoulder before re-entering the southbound lanes for Highway 162. White lost control of the vehicle and eventually struck and embankment and overturned, coming to an uncontrolled rest on its roof on the south shoulder of Mote Road, facing east.
The deputy was extricated from the vehicle and transported to AMC. There was no airbag deployed in the accident and White was not wearing a safety belt, according to the statement.
According to the Georgia’s Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia Seat Belt Law (O.C.G.A. 40-8-76-1), “a passenger vehicle performing an emergency service” is not required to use safety belts.
White’s family started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds during his hospital stay. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, the campaign had raised more than $5,000.
Morgan Conners, White’s girlfriend posted on the GoFundMe campaign Tuesday afternoon, “The love of my life gained his wings at 8:54 a.m. surrounded by love. If you could please keep us all in your prayers and I will updated with arrangements.”
White and Conners have one daughter together.
Brittany Gaynes, Conners’ cousin, started the campaign and submitted an update post stating the money will be given to Conners for any expenses she may need for White’s expenses. The rest of the money will go to their daughter.
Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/2wsscic.