Community remembers police chief killed in crash

    Community remembers police chief killed in crash. (Credit: Lewis Levine)

    One of the first troopers on scene of a deadly crash involving a chief of police is talking about the incident.

    Ludowici Police Chief Frank McClelland Jr. was one of two people killed after a two-county police chase late Saturday night.

    The Georgia State Patrol's Traffic Reconstruction unit continues to investigate the crash.

    Post 2 Commander John Snipe was one of the first troopers on scene.

    “They are still in the investigation process which is a lengthy process all this information will be gathered as evidence,” said Snipe.

    23-year-old Daniel Hill faced a Long County Judge on Monday and was denied bond on all charges.

    “It’s made an impact on the community,” Snipe said.

    Snipe tried to comfort the family.

    “Let them know we are going to do the best job we can to get the answers in the incident and give them some closure,” said Snipe.

    Ludowici is a small town and news of the chief’s death spread quickly.

    Just shock, I was speechless and shocked. When he was out and about he was always very friendly he always made it a point to speak to you,” said resident Holly Long.

    Others also in shock are trying to process what happened.

    “I’ve known this as a small family community and I’m sure it’s going to rock this place pretty tough,” said resident Kiole Young.

    Snipe said the investigation could take up to two months to complete.

    “It’s hard on the families when it’s something unexpected and untimely that happens like this,” he said.

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