4/16/2013 10:22 P.M. ET
Trooper sentenced in death of Braves trainer's wife
By Andrew Simon / Special to MLB.com
A two-year prison sentence was handed down on Tuesday for the car accident that killed the wife of Braves head athletic trainer Jeff Porter, according to The Associated Press.
Former Georgia state trooper Donald Crozier pleaded guilty on Monday to vehicular homicide and violating his oath of office for his role in the crash, which claimed the life of 54-year-old Kathy Porter on Dec. 31, 2011. Crozier also will serve eight years of probation and work to educate other law enforcement officers on dangers and responsibilities associated with their jobs.
He was placed on administrative leave after the accident and dismissed on Jan. 6, 2012.
Jeff Porter has been a member of the Braves' training staff since 1985 and became head athletic trainer in 2003. He was driving his Ford Expedition on that night, less than a mile north of Turner Field, when Dozier's police cruiser slammed into it at the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Memorial Drive. While Jeff, his then-19-year-old son David and another passenger suffered non-critical injuries, Kathy died at the scene.
"I [still] get a bad feeling every intersection I come to," Porter said that March. "It's getting better, but for the first month, it was hard. Everybody would be the same way. You get to an intersection and you get a bad feeling. You're looking. You're slowing down. People behind you are honking. The light turns green and you look again. People honk. Hang with 'em."
Porter had been traveling through a green light. A report released soon after the accident by the Georgia Department of Public Safety said Crozier "failed to use due regard when traveling through the intersection at Capitol Avenue and GA 154 [Memorial Drive] on a red traffic signal."
A witness, Sandy Jones, told police that she did believe Crozier had slowed down before the impact.
Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.