Former Winnfield Officer’s Life Taken in Car Accident

State Troopers responded to a car accident around 6:30pm on Friday, September 7th. The crash involved a 2006 Ford Crown Vic—the Police Vehicle—driven by Montgomery Officer Kirt R. Ricks III of Winnfield; and a 2006 Ford pickup, driven by Gary W. Pinder.

The police vehicle was northbound on US Hwy 71 when Ricks lost control and excited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, Ricks overcorrected his vehicle, reentered Hwy 71, and traveled into the southbound lane.

This action resulted in the police vehicle colliding with the Ford pickup. Ricks and Pinder were pronounced dead at the scene. Pinder’s only passenger, identified as Robert Carter of Montgomery, was not wearing his seat belt and sustained minor injuries.



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