Sheriff Fires Deputy After Investigation Of Fatal Crash

By: KKTV News Email
By: KKTV News Email

Former deputy Rodney Fannin was fired by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office following the investigation of a crash in which he allegedly ran a red light and caused the death of a member of the Air Force.

The Sheriff's Office says their investigation involving Fannin and the August 3 crash is complete. He was fired on September 23.

Previously, the Sheriff's Office said he was restricted from performing the duties of a deputy during the investigation.

On August 3, then-deputy Fannin was off duty when he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Curtis Road and Highway 94, causing the fatal accident. Vivian Elmo, 41, of Colorado Springs, was killed in the crash. She was a member of the military assigned to the 310th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base.

The Sheriff's Office says this is an ongoing traffic accident investigation and won't be releasing additional details about their decision.

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Previous Coverage: Deputy Fannin Charged In Fatal Crash

A sheriff’s deputy with a history of traffic offenses is being charged in connection with a crash that killed an Air Force officer earlier this month.

Deputy Rodney Fannin, 42, of Calhan, has a history of traffic offenses. On Wednesday, August 3, he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Curtis Road and Highway 94, causing the fatal accident. He was off duty at the time.

The intersection was closed for hours as a result of the crash that killed Vivian Elmo, 41, of Colorado Springs. Elmo was a member of the military assigned to the 310th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base.

Fannin was summoned on August 17 to appear in El Paso County Court to face the charge of careless driving resulting in death. His court appointment is set for 8 a.m. on October 19.

EPSO confirms Fannin is currently an El Paso County deputy sheriff. They also say this accident occurred while he was driving his personally owned vehicle. Deputy Fannin has been with the Office for nine years and is assigned to the Detention Operations Division. EPSO says he does not operate an emergency vehicle in the course of his daily duties.

The sheriff's department says Fannin has not been performing the duties of a Deputy Sheriff since the crash. They're currently conducting an internal investigation and will have no further information until that investigation is finished.

Records show Fannin has two previous careless driving convictions. The first is from 1996, but another occurred in January of this year. That latest incident was for careless driving that left one person injured.

Last March, Fannin pleaded guilty to careless driving resulting in bodily injury. He agreed to pay restitution and received six months probation.

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Previous Coverage: Unclear what charges will be filed against deputy involved in fatal crash

State Patrol says they haven’t yet determined what charges will be filed against the El Paso County Deputy involved in a crash that killed an Air Force Officer last week. They say charges will be filed, but the degree of those charges won’t be determined until an accident reconstruction and a mechanical inspection are completed.

Deputy Rodney Fannin, 42, of Calhan, has a history of traffic offenses. On Wednesday, he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Curtis Road and Highway 94, causing the fatal accident. He was off-duty at the time.

The intersection was closed for hours as a result of the crash that killed Vivian Elmo, 41, of Colorado Springs. Elmo was a member of the military assigned to the 310th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base.

"Everybody is just in shock,” Wayne Patterson, a close friend of Elmo, said. “She was just an outstanding, wonderful.....big-hearted person."

The Colorado State Patrol says Elmo was northbound on Curtis Road, trying to turn left onto westbound Highway 94. As she was turning, a brown Ford Explorer driven by 42-year-old Deputy Rodney Fannin of Calhan entered the intersection against a red light and hit Elmo's Honda on the driver's side.

After the impact, Fannin’s car ended up in a nearby field. Elmo’s car remained in the roadway.

Elmo was pronounced dead at the scene. Fannin suffered what are described as "moderate" injuries and was taken to the hospital.

CSP says alcohol or drugs are not considered to be factors in the crash.

At this time, Fannin has not been ticketed or arrested. He was treated at Penrose Hospital and released.

The Sheriff's Office says that because this crash occurred while he was off-duty, Fannin's employment is not being effected at this time. Any decision to the contrary will await the outcome of a State Patrol investigation.

EPSO says Fannin, is currently an El Paso County Deputy Sheriff. They also say this accident occurred while he was driving his personally owned vehicle. Deputy Fannin has been with the Office for nine years and is assigned to the Detention Operations Division. EPSO says he does not operate an emergency vehicle in the course of his daily duties.

Authorities say Fannin reported the January incident to his chain of command as required by Sheriff’s Office policy. Due to a breakdown in the notification process, the documentation was not forwarded to upper management. An administrative investigation about the circumstances surrounding that incident and the incident on August 3 has been initiated by the Sheriff’s Office.

Records show Fannin has two previous careless driving convictions. The first is from 1996, but another occurred in January of this year. That latest incident was for careless driving that left one person injured.

Last March, Fannin pleaded guilty to careless driving resulting in bodily injury. He agreed to pay restitution and received six months probation.

In May 2008, Deputy Fannin was the El Paso County Employee of the Month.

EPSO released this statement Thursday night. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Vivian Elmo and all those who have been affected by the tragic accident that occurred in eastern El Paso County on Wednesday, August 3, 2011."


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