He was traveling on Highway 233 when his patrol vehicle left the roadway near Matthews Road. He struck a tree, and the impact overturned his vehicle on the driver’s side. Sheriff Rodgers died at the scene.
Sheriff Rodgers was elected Sheriff in 2016 and was serving his second term with the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office. He had served 15 years in law enforcement before being elected Sheriff.
The Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Wednesday after Sheriff Robert Rodgers died in a car accident on Tuesday.
They say Rodgers’ family is asking the public to donate to the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes Foundation instead of sending flowers.
Major Mitchell Thompson says local and surrounding agencies are assisting the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office with answering calls while they mourn the loss of their “beloved leader and friend.”
The Staff at Lanier County News would like to extend our deepest condolences and prayers to Sheriff Rodgers family and friends as well as his staff at the Wilcox County Sheriff’s office.