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Sanford officer charged in fatal wreck

Posted January 28, 2011 10:40 a.m. EST
Updated January 28, 2011 11:36 a.m. EST

— A Sanford police officer has been charged in connection with a fatal wreck a week ago, authorities said.

Capt. Reginald Petty, 48, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed.

Petty was off duty on the morning of Jan. 21 when his Cadillac struck the back of a Chevrolet S-10 pickup on Horner Boulevard near its intersection with Hill Avenue, authorities said. The pickup had slowed to make a left turn.

The collision sent the pickup into the oncoming lane, where it was hit by a Toyota SUV, authorities said. The driver of the pickup, William Thomas, 61, of Oakleaf Road in Sanford, was killed.

Sanford police initially responded to the wreck, but they asked the Highway Patrol to investigate the case once they realized Petty was involved.

The police department has placed Petty on paid leave.