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Hero Down: Franklin County Deputy Angela Kane Killed In 6-Vehicle Crash

Franklin County, OH – Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) Deputy Angela “Angie” Kane was killed in a six-vehicle crash as she was driving to work on Sept. 25.

The fatal collision occurred on U.S. Route 33 near Bowen Road just before 1:30 p.m., The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Ray Parks, 51, was driving a 1993 Ford dump truck eastbound when the left front tire of the vehicle blew out, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP).

Parks lost control of the truck and crossed over the median into oncoming traffic, striking five vehicles, the OSHP said.

The truck then returned to the eastbound lanes before veering off of the right-hand side of the roadway, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

One of the vehicles the dump truck collided with was a 2019 Honda Ridgeline pickup being driven by 51-year-old Deputy Kane.

Two other drivers, 38-year-old Brad Cope and 40-year-old Elizabeth Watkins, were rushed to Mount Carmel East Hospital with serious injuries.

The OSHP’s investigation into the fatal collision is ongoing, and no charges have been filed, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

“It’s a tragic loss,” Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin told reporters during a short press conference later that night. “She’s just one of those people everybody liked.”

Deputy Kane, a 10-year veteran of the FCSO, was on her way to work at Franklin County’s main jail facility when the six-vehicle pileup occurred, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Sheriff Baldwin described her as a “terrific deputy” and “fantastic person” who was “well-liked and well-loved by everybody in the sheriff’s office,” according to WCMH.

Deputy Kane trained many of the jail’s deputy and civilian staff members, the sheriff noted.

She resided in the Logan area with her parents, who she helped to care for, he said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Angela “Angie” Kane, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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