Traffic fatality involving Baldwin County deputy recorded across the river


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A woman on Stembridge Road called 911 early Thursday morning, relaying to the dispatcher that "someone had just killed her husband."

Naturally, law enforcement began rushing to the scene. A Baldwin County Sheriff's Office deputy – Reid White – was traveling east along the 300 block Stembridge Road at a high rate of speed and with his emergency light bar activated. White then encountered a vehicle "that was slowing down and yielding," so the deputy began to cross over into the left lane in an attempt to pass and continue to the call on Stembridge Road, according to investigators. However, the driver of the car then attempted to make a left-hand turn into a residential driveway, and the patrol car collided with the other car, causing severe damage to both vehicles.

The driver of the car ultimately was pronounced deceased. Law enforcement later identified the deceased as Louis "Louie" Mazzola of Milledgeville...

The deputy avoided serious physical injury, according to Maj. Scott Deason, although "he is very distraught emotionally."

"Our entire department is shook up. It's been a very long day here," said Deason. "Most importantly, we're thinking about the family. Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with the family."

In terms of the woman on Stembridge Road who called 911 about "someone killing her husband," she was ultimately charged with false report of a crime and unlawful conduct after the BCSO ultimately concluded that her story was fabricated, for reasons not yet completely understood.

Mazzola had lived at the home on Kings Road for around 30 years.

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