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I-TEAM: Richmond County deputy arrested in deadly 2023 crash

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I-TEAM: Richmond County deputy arrested in deadly 2023 crash


Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story included some personal information that has since been redacted and incorrectly stated how injury funds were awarded to Ty Dailey.

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Richmond County Deputy Ty Dailey arrived at the detention center in Burke County on Friday morning to face charges in connection with a 2023 fatal crash.

We were on the scene at 8:25 a.m. when Dailey arrived at the detention center.

He was booked on the charge of homicide by vehicle second degree and driving in excess of the posted speed limit, according to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

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He had a bond hearing in the afternoon, where he was given a $5,000 bond. He met bond.

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“The accused was driving in a reckless manner, traveling 90 mph in a posted 55 mph zone, when he hit another vehicle, killing the driver,” an arrest warrant stated.

According to District Attorney Jared Williams, the case was forwarded to Burke County State Court Solicitor Mathew Franklin on Jan. 31.

Franklin’s office handles misdemeanor cases.

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The crash happened in March 26, 2023, when Dailey was driving a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.

More than a year has passed since the crash happened. Time has stood still for the Fager family, who are still stuck in the moment since receiving a call.

“You get a call like that and kind of flipped your world upside down. It’s a drastic change in the blink of an eye,” said Matt Fager.

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Driving home from Florida, Jay and Donna Fagers’ world collided with Dailey.

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Their paths intersected at the intersection of Highway 25 and Cohen Road. The Georgia State Patrol report says Jay Fager stopped at the stop sign. But after stopping, he pulled out in front of Dailey’s patrol car.

Body cam footage: “He’s unconscious and he’s in bad shape.”

Dailey was not in pursuit. He wasn’t answering an emergency call. He was on his way to a training class.

New warrants from Georgia State Patrol say Dailey was going 90 mph in a 55 mph zone, 35 mph over the speed limit, when he hit and killed Jay Fager. Dailey was driving in a reckless manner, according to documents.

The I-TEAM first reported in March the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office never did an internal affairs investigation into Dailey’s deadly crash. He was also back at work – on the taxpayers’ dime – before any investigation was complete.

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Deadly 2023 crash on Highway 25 and Cohen Road(wrdw)

The I-TEAM uncovered a pattern with Dailey’s history at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

In 2013, he was disciplined after a second accident within six weeks of each other. Both were caused by Dailey’s speeding. In both accidents, he was found at fault.

The crash report went before the city of Augusta’s Safety Review Committee.

Though Dailey was driving 35 mph over the posted speed limit in the crash that killed Jay Fager, Augusta’s safety committee found him not at fault. And they made that decision even before Georgia State Patrol’s investigation was complete, and before the district attorney’s office was done reviewing the case.

The district attorney decided not to pursue any criminal charges and passed the case down to Franklin on Jan. 31. Weeks later, the Fagers’ attorney told the I-TEAM the case was being closed and there would be no charges against Dailey.

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On Feb. 18, the I-TEAM filed an open records request for the case file and was told we would have it after it was reviewed and redacted. After more than a week passed, we were then told the case was re-opened.

Donna Fager paid Augusta $20,000 for damage to the deputy’s car.

But what the Fagers cannot put a price tag on is the life of a father, husband, and grandfather. They’ve been left waiting for answers and accountability in the deadly crash that took Jay Fager.

On Friday, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office confirms Dailey is still on paid administrative leave.

He’s not the only Richmond County deputy who’s currently facing charges yet is still collecting a paycheck to stay at home.

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Taxpayers have been paying Brandon Keathley not to come to work since his arrest on Dec. 2, 2020, for an incident that happened on Feb. 7, 2020.

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A grand jury indicted him on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated assault on a peace officer. Both are felonies.

The case still hasn’t been to trial.

It’s on the June calendar call for a trial week in July.

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It was actually on the court calendar last month, and prosecutors announced they were ready, but the case got bumped.



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I-TEAM UPDATE: Augusta leaders stall silent alarm discussion

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – For more than a month now, our I-TEAM has tracked errors and response times with Augusta’s Fire Department and 911 call center.  

On Tuesday, we were hoping to hear from Augusta commissioners on the subject for the first time.  

But that will have to wait. 

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The topic was pulled from the agenda for Tuesday’s public safety committee meeting so they can talk about it in a legal meeting.  

Our I-TEAM uncovered nearly 150 cases where a dispatching error happened. 

One of those cases was in October 2023 when two people were killed in a house fire right across the street from a fire station.

Earlier this month, questions about the reliability of the Augusta Fire Department’s emergency response have caught the attention of Augusta Commission member Catherine Smith McKnight.

McKnight currently chairs Augusta Richmond County’s public safety committee.

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McKnight said she was unaware of any problems and the issue was never brought up in the committee or in commission.

However, McKnight says she now wants answers and says this safety concern is a priority.



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Inmate slain at Augusta prison; guard, 2 other inmates charged

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – An inmate died Saturday in an altercation at the Augusta State Medical Prison, and a correctional officer as well as two other prisoners were charged.

The slain inmate, Roderick Hayes, 29, was serving a 10-year sentence for cruelty to children out of Fulton County, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

His body has been turned over to the county coroner and will be transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the official cause of death.

The death is being investigated by the Georgia Department of Corrections’ Office of Professional Standards, as is standard procedure. As a result, many details aren’t available because the investigation is ongoing.

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The agency confirmed the arrest of former Officer Lloyd Hopkins, who was terminated Saturday after failing to follow policies and procedures while working at Augusta State Medical Prison, according to the agency.

According to Columbia County jail records, Hopkins, 51, is being held on charges of party to the crime of murder, party to the crime of aggravated assault and violation of an oath of office.

The agency said inmates Brendon Moore and Andy Ulysse have been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

Moore is serving time for crimes including rape, fleeing/eluding police, hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, terroristic acts and threats, kidnapping and aggravated sodomy, according to prison records.

Ulysse is serving time for several crimes including kidnapping, armed robbery, false imprisonment and theft by taking, according to prison records.

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From left: Lloyd Hopkins, Brendon Moore and Andy Ulysse
From left: Lloyd Hopkins, Brendon Moore and Andy Ulysse(Contributed)

The Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement:

“The GDC maintains a zero tolerance policy for individuals who choose to ignore their oath and jeopardize our non-negotiable mission of public safety. The actions of this individual does not reflect the hundreds of Officers who are committed each and every day to ensuring the safety of the public and the safe operations of our facilities.”

Inmate slayings aren’t unheard of at the prison. Among the deaths there:

Hayes’ records with the Georgia Department of Corrections show other offenses including sexual exploitation of a child, pimping a minor under 18, trafficking sexual servitude and burglary.



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‘Run to Remember’ 5K honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Dozens of runners hit the trails on Monday in honor of the fallen in the Wear Blue Run to Remember 5k.

Each runner was assigned a veteran’s name so they could run in their honor.

Mahalia Marin is a veteran but also a part of the Student Veterans of America Association at Augusta University

“I’ve been deployed three times, I’m back here. There are many people who didn’t make it back. And we’re just here representing them. And so we speak their names, so we don’t forget,” said Marin.

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Coming home isn’t something everyone gets to do. So, on Memorial Day, they run in their honor and think about how each person paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“I actually just retired this past year. But this was one of my soldiers in Washington, one of my soldiers in San Antonio and also Germany. And the last soldier I was stationed with at Fort Stewart we deployed together to Iraq and got killed over there,” said Jamie Graham, a veteran.

During the run, 133 posters could be seen along the sidelines with names and photos of fallen members since 9/11 who served in the CSRA, once lived in the area, or were friends and family members of locals.

“I lost my father in active duty Army when I was six. He was deployed in Iraq in 2010. So it’s, it’s been very rough. But starting this organization at Augusta University has really helped to not only educate the community on what Goldstar families are but to also bring in local, other Goldstar families who go to Augusta University,” said Caitlyn Burner, founder and President of Augusta Goldstar Foundation.

Burner came to honor her dad. Burner’s boyfriend and his family also ran in her dad’s honor.

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“When I was running through it, I just used it as a point to just kind of go as hard as I can because we wouldn’t be here without any without their service. So I just use that as motivation just to do my best,” said Stephen Webster, Burner’s boyfriend.

They’re showing support for those you know and even those you don’t while remembering what this holiday is truly about.

“It’s pretty cool that people, people really do care. And they’re out here showing it and they’re running for fallen soldiers who they don’t even know,” said Burner.

For more information on Goldstar families and how to support them, click here.

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