Bio & Incident Details
Tour: Not available
Badge # Not available
Cause: Struck by vehicle
Incident Date: 12/24/1980
Suspect: Not available
Corporal James Tarver and a Georgia State Patrol officer(name unknown) were investigating an earlier accident and measuring skid marks on State Route 92 in Spalding County, Georgia. They were both on the northern side of a hill crest in the roadway when an 18 year old young man driving a small pickup truck north bound on highway 92 came over the hill and, not being able to see the officers in time, first struck the State Trooper who died on the scene, and then struck Corporal Tarver. Corporal Tarver died en route to the hospital.
The driver was not charged due to what was decided the officers' negligence for not warning oncoming drivers of their presence in the roadway.
Corporal Tarver was survived by three sons.