Officer responding to fatal wreck finds own son dead

By Sandi Pullen

Daily Journal

DERMA - An investigating officer sent to a fatal wreck here Thursday night found that his own son had been killed.

"It's a sad situation anytime for anyone," said Calhoun County Sheriff Billy Gore. "It's really bad to drive up as the investigating officer and there's your son."

Adam Tedder, 19, of Calhoun City, was returning from night classes when his Ford Ranger pickup collided with an 18-wheeler on Highway 8 in Derma, Gore said. Tedder was a student at Itawamba Community College in Tupelo.

Although the cause of the wreck has not been confirmed, Gore said, investigators think Tedder may have fallen asleep behind the wheel.

"The 18-wheeler (driver) said when he came in sight of the truck, he was coming over on his side of the road," Gore said. "There was only so far over he could go."

Tedder's father, Robert Tedder, a part-time officer for the city, was dispatched to the scene, Gore said.

"Robert did get to see his son," he said. "(The wreck) probably killed him instantly."

Because a family member of a city worker was involved in the accident, Gore said, a county unit was also sent to the accident.

Adam Tedder had also worked for a time as a part-time radio dispatcher, Gore said.

"He was a good kid," he said.

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