Officer killed in wrong-way I-20 crash


Shane Wilson

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A crash killed a Doraville police officer who was responding to a home invasion call, officials said.

The crash happened on Interstate 20 between Panola and Wesley Chapel roads.

Police said an SUV driver travelling east in the westbound lanes of I-20 crashed head-on into a car driven by Detective Robert Wilson. The crash happened around 2:15 a.m., and investigators were on the scene for nearly four hours.

Officials said Wilson was on call and responding from home to the call. Wilson was killed instantly. He leaves behind a wife and a 6-year-old son.

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"Nothing prepares you for a day like today," said Doraville Police Chief John King. "Something like this is truly tragic. Shane was an incredibly young, agressive, passionate police officer. He loved his job. He loved this community."

DeKalb County Police returned to the scene of the crash a second time about 11 a.m. , and with the help of Georgia Department of Transportation HERO units, closed off several lanes of the interstate so they could investigate the crash scene and collect more information. Police say alcohol may have played a role in the crash.