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RCSO Deputy to Surrender on Charges in High-Speed Deadly Crash

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A Richmond County deputy is expected to surrender as early as Thursday to face charges that he was driving 90 mph in a patrol car last year when he killed an elderly veteran in Burke County.

Deputy Ty Dailey has been under investigation since March 26, 2023, when his sheriff’s patrol car collided with a Toyota Rav4.  The driver of the Toyota, 75-year-old Jay Fager of Blythewood, S.C., suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

Warrants by the Georgia State Patrol accuse Ty Dailey of homicide by vehicle in the second degree, a misdemeanor, and speeding 90 mph in a 55 mph zone. Dailey was headed to Brunswick for a training class when the wreck happened on Highway 25 South at Cohen Road. He has remained with the sheriff’s office during the investigation.

“The passenger of the Toyota and the Richmond County Deputy suffered injuries and were transported to the Augusta University Medical Center,” the Georgia State Patrol said last year.

Deputy Dailey is expected to surrender in Burke County on the charges.

He is the same officer featured in a 2023 TV investigation for unnecessary use of force. He was disciplined for putting a suspect in a headlock in October 2022 and striking him several times in the head and then not reporting it as a “use of force,” which requires documentation.

The deputy is also the same officer who received lacerations on his face, a swollen eye and injuries to both elbows in 2021 during a struggle with an Augusta mayoral candidate at a Circle K on Washington Road.

As for the victim, an obituary says Fager enlisted in the Army in 1970, where he worked in aviation logistics.  Once his military tour was complete, Jay graduated from Ball State University with a BS in accounting and continued on to receive an MBA from Ball State University and a Masters of Banking Administration from University of Wisconsin.  He later had a long banking career before retiring.

Fager was engaged in community service, and he achieved the roles of President of Kiwanis in Richmond, Indiana and was the Lt. Governor of the Indiana State Kiwanis.  He was also the  President of Rotary in Richmond, Indiana. After moving to LaGrange, Georgia, for a quieter life in semi-retirement, Jay became a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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