Tragic Collision Claims Deputy

An accident at 9:30 a.m. on Highway 512 west of Quitman claimed the life of reserve Clarke County Deputy Robert Goodwin.

According to Sheriff Todd Kemp, Goodwin was overseeing inmates who were picking up trash when he was struck by a pickup truck. At the time of the accident, Kemp said Goodwin was loading trash bags onto the back of his truck.

Goodwin had retired from Burlington and since 1992 had worked part time as a reserve deputy for Clarke County and was currently also working as a part-time police officer for the town of Enterprise.

Sheriff Kemp said the department's inmate trash pickup initiative just began this week and this was only Goodwin's second day on the job.

"He loved law enforcement. He loved people. He loved this county. He loved this community. Robert was a fine man and he will surely be missed by me especially, because he was my friend," Kemp said.

The sheriff said charges are not expected to be filed in the case. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.

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