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Bryan County deputy killed to be promoted posthumously

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Bryan County deputy killed in crash on Interstate 95. Bryan County deputy killed in crash on Interstate 95.

The Bryan County sheriff spoke Friday afternoon in a news conference about a deputy who was killed overnight on Interstate 95 in a head-on crash.

Deputy Robert Crapse, 32, of Ellabella, was killed early Friday morning in the wrong way crash. He is survived by his wife and three children ages 10, 8 and 6.

Just after 2 a.m., Patricia Ann Collins, 23, of Richmond Hill, was driving southbound in the northbound lane of I-95 when she hit a Bryan County deputy head on, killing him, according to police. Crapse's K9 was traveling with him in the car.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police received calls of a car traveling the wrong way down Interstate 95 with its headlights off just before receiving calls about the crash that left a Bryan County sheriff's deputy dead.

The crash's impact spun both cars. Collins car ended up facing northbound in the far left lane, according to police. Crapse's car ended up in the ditch.

Another Bryan County deputy pulled Crapse from his car after the crash. He had been following Crapse home in his car after their shift. The deputy pulled the K-9 from the car. It survived and was taken to the Bryan County Veterinary Clinic. The dog is expected to be retired to Crapse's family.

Pooler firefighters extricated Collins from her car, according to police. She was taken by Lifestar to Memorial University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Garden City Police Dept., Richmond Hill Police Dept., Southside Fire Dept. and SCMPD officers responded to the crash.

The Bryan County sheriff said Crapse will be posthumously promoted to sergeant before the funeral.

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