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Deputy wreck update: Witness accounts conflict

A Columbus police sergeant was sent to The Medical Center after a Tuesday afternoon wreck involving a Muscogee County Sheriff’s deputy.

Sgt. Garry Wisham, 53, was on a 2009 Cannondale bicycle at Veterans and Ninth Street around 4:45 p.m. when Deputy Linda Warren, 58, collided with a 40-year-old Phenix City woman in a Dodge Magnum, police said.

Warren was leaving work in a marked sheriff’s car when the wreck occurred, Sheriff John Darr said. Warren told officers that she had a green light when she was crossing Veterans on Ninth. The Magnum driver, however, said she was driving north on Veterans when Warren disregarded the red light and collided with her bumper, reports state.

Two witnesses told police that Warren had a red light when she entered the intersection. A third witness, however, said Warren’s light was green.A police diagram shows Warren and the Magnum colliding at the southeast intersection of Veterans and Ninth, with Warren’s vehicle moving north across Ninth and appearing to pin an object against a nearby building.

Wisham and Warren were taken to The Medical Center. Warren was in stable condition Tuesday night. A woman who answered the phone in Wisham’s room Wednesday morning said he wasn’t feeling well.

Wisham, a command sergeant in Property and Evidence, has been with the police for more than 25 years.

Columbus police are investigating the wreck, Darr said. He added that he’ll wait for the investigation’s results before taking any potential action.

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