By Jason A. Smith
A Henry County Police officer will be laid to rest Saturday, in Fulton County, after being killed in an auto accident while reportedly on his way to work.
Officer Jimmy Franklin Carter, Jr., 35, died Tuesday between 9 and 9:30 p.m., when his Ford Ranger pickup truck crashed along Keys Ferry Road in Butts County, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper J.T. McMillan.
"[Carter] was traveling west on Keys Ferry and approached a curve," McMillan said. "The best we can figure is, he traveled off a small rut at the edge of the roadway. He came back on the roadway, and it was just enough momentum to loosen him up and send him back to the shoulder. He over-corrected, and the truck rotated around, went off the road sideways and struck a tree broadside with the passenger-side door."
Carter grew up in Clayton County and was a 1993 graduate of Forest Park High School, according to an obituary.
After graduation, Carter entered the U.S. Army, where he served for eight years. Carter, during his 11-year career at the Henry County Police Department, worked as an officer in the Uniform Patrol Division, as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division, as a K-9 handler, and as a field training officer.
Visitation is scheduled for today, between 12 and 8 p.m., at McKoon Funeral Home, at 38 Jackson Street in Newnan. Funeral services for the officer will be held Saturday, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of the funeral home.
Carter will be buried following the service, at Holly Hill Memorial Park in Fairburn.