Elk Grove Hwy 99 wrong-way crash took the life of a six-year EGPD veteran. EGPD released the name of the deceased as being Officer Ty Lenehan in a press release.
The driver of the car, Jermaine J. Walton, 31, of Sacramento was the driver of the 2016 Dodge Charger that hit the officer. The CHP says he was reportedly stopped while “walking away from the scene.”
He allegedly showed signs of intoxication and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage at the time of the crash.
Walton was later booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges of murder, causing a crash resulting in injury, driving the wrong way on the freeway, and driving under the influence and causing injury — all felonies.
At 5:13 a.m. on January 21, 2022, the California Highway Patrol Sacramento dispatch center advised of a wrong-way driver traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of SR-99 near 47th Avenue, says the press release.
While responding, a 9-1-1 caller advised CHP Dispatch the wrong-way vehicle was involved in a crash with a police motorcycle officer near 12th Avenue. CHP Officers and members of the Sacramento Fire Department arrived on scene and performed life-saving measures before transporting Officer Ty Lenehan, from the Elk Grove Police Department, to the UC Davis Medical Center.
Despite efforts from UC Davis medical staff, Officer Ty Lenehan succumbed to the injuries sustained as a result of the collision
Officer Ty Lenehan took pride in serving his community, and his work ethic was recognized by all who worked alongside him. Prior to joining law enforcement, Officer Ty Lenehan was a member of the United States Air Force for five years. In 2012, he began his Law Enforcement Career as a Reserve Officer for the Citrus Heights Police Department.
Officer Ty Lenehan then worked for two years with the Galt Police Department before he joined the Elk Grove Police Department in 2016. Officer Ty Lenehan worked as an Elk Grove Police officer for the last six years, and in 2020 he became a motor officer, which he was extremely excited to begin.
Officer Lenehan’s service will never be forgotten. His positive attitude, infectious smile, and bright personality will forever be missed.
The California Highway Patrol South Sacramento Division is leading the investigation of this incident and released an update regarding the collision on social media earlier this afternoon.
Details regarding funeral services for Officer Lenehan are not available at this time.
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