Henry County, GA – Fulton County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) Deputy Cedrean Jacquis McEachin was killed by a hit-and-run driver after an off-duty vehicle crash on Nov. 29.
The 28-year-old off-duty deputy was traveling southbound on Interstate 75 in his 2017 Chevrolet Camaro when he collided with a guardrail near mile marker 225 at approximately 5 a.m., WXIA reported.
The cause of the initial collision has not been determined, WAGA reported.
Deputy McEachin managed to free himself from his wrecked vehicle, but he was not out of harm’s way.
"When he gets out of his car, he's looking around and somehow he wanders off into the roadway and is struck by a vehicle," Henry County Police Major Joey Smith told WAGA.
The driver who slammed into Deputy McEachin sped away from the scene and has not been located.
“We have no idea who struck him, and we don’t have any witnesses,” Maj. Smith said.
The sudden loss of Deputy McEachin has left his family heartbroken.
“What kind of human being would hit another human being and leave them laying in the street?" his father, Cedric McEachin, asked WAGA with tears in his eyes. "I can't imagine a person, a human being that could do something like that."
Deputy McEachin’s sister, Tiara McEachin, addressed her brother’s killer in a Facebook post on Nov. 30.
“I hope you know he was a person, that had a family and friends that loved him dearly!! He was a husband, a son, a brother, a father!” Tiara wrote. “You took something from us that we will never get back I just don’t understand who hits a human being and keeps driving!”
Deputy McEachin joined the FCSO in February of 2015, a department spokesperson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He was laid to rest on Dec. 6, according to his sister.
“Today started out being the worst of day of my life but once I entered that church and seen over 300 plus people there to see my baby brother I immediately felt the love and support!” Tiara wrote in a Facebook post on the day of his memorial service.
“Today was beautiful to hear all the amazing memories others have shared with my brother made me cry and laugh at the same time,” she said. “My brother was a beautiful soul! He was definitely taken away way too soon but I know we will see each other again! Cedrean just know I love you and I miss you dearly everyone does but one thing is for sure your sister will not rest till she finds your killer.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Cedrean Jacquis McEachin, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.