Off-duty deputy dies in motorcycle accident

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department deputy died on his motorcycle Monday evening en route home from work, an official said.

Bill Edge, 56, was a four-year veteran of the force and a former Gwinnett police officer. He worked in the technical services division, keeping the department's computer systems up to snuff.

Edge was off duty and traveling through Barrow County on his Harley-Davidson when the three-vehicle crash occurred about 5:30 p.m., according to a Georgia State Patrol representative.

Impact occurred when an ice cream truck ran a stop sign and struck another truck, which barreled into Edge, according to an incident report. He was transported to Barrow Regional Medical Center where he later died.

Edge leaves behind his wife and two adult children, a son and a daughter, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said.

"He was well-loved in our department," she said, "and he will be greatly missed."

An avid motorcyclist, Edge was an active member of the Gwinnett chapter of the Blue Knights, a motorcycle club for law enforcement officers.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home in Norcrossa.