Critically injured wife of WCSO deputy who died in 2011 motorcycle accident passes away

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Jamie Jones Hester, the wife of the late Lt. Richard Darran Hester of Walton County Sheriff’s Office, passed away on Jan. 25, 2020, more than 8 years after the motorcycle accident that killed her husband and left her critically injured. The couple had a 3500 Chevrolet truck turn in front of them while riding on a motorcycle in Gainesville, Ga. on Sept. 24, 2011. Lt. Hester died at the scene and Jamie was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center in a critical condition. She battled those extensive injuries until Saturday.

On Sept. 25, 2011, Robert Champine, 59, of Gainsville, was arrested and charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, failure to yield while turning left, serious injury by vehicle and felony possession of Marijuana in connection with this accident. It is not known at this time if he was convicted and what his sentence was or whether he will face additional charges now that a second victim has passed away. (Please note an arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction)

Lt. Hester, and now his wife, left behind four children, daughters Chelsea and Presley Hester and sons Gunter Hester and Jamie’s son Jayten Treadwell, all of Monroe. Lt. Hester was buried on Sept. 29, 2011, at the Union Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. His wife will join him at that same cemetery on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, following a service that will begin at 2 p.m. at Meadows Funeral Home.

Following the death of Lt. Hester, a memorial page was set up with tributes for the late deputy that have continued for the past 8 years. A post Saturday noted that the couple is finally back together.

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