JEFFERSON TWP, PREBLE COUNTY (FOX19 NOW) - A corrections sergeant with the Butler County Sheriff's Office has died, just over a week after she was critically hurt in an off-duty crash involving a three-wheel motorcycle, authorities said.
Carol Seals, 54, was pronounced dead early Tuesday at Kettering Medical Center, according to Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson and Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
"Carol Seals was a great employee," Jones told FOX19 NOW. "I've known her for over 20 years. She is going to be missed and my condolences go out to her family, her friends and her co-workers. We are all praying for her family and their healing process."
Seals was flown to the hospital in a medical helicopter after suffering severe head injuries May 12 in an accident outside her step-daughter's Jefferson Township house, Simpson said.
It occurred during her grandson's 4th birthday party, said her biological daughter, Cassianne Pfeiffer.
Seals was on sitting on her new Can-Am motorcycle when she accidentally hit the throttle and threw the motorcycle into drive, her daughter said.
The motorcycle came out of the driveway, crossed Gettysburg Darke Road and struck the wall of a cement block barn, ejecting Seals, according to Simpson.
Seals was not wearing a helmet at the time because she was not intending to ride the motorycle, her daughter said.
"She couldn't stop. She didn't know how," Pfeiffer said Tuesday.
"It was absolutely no one's fault. It was a total accident, the most freak accident that could have ever happened to our family. She wasn't trying to ride it anywhere. She was learning how it works. She went out and bought a jacket and a helmet for the bike but never had a chance to use them."
Seals was flown in a medical helicopter to Kettering Medical Center, where she remained in critical condition until she died, according to Simpson.
"It's just a sad situation all the way around," he said.
Seals began working for the Butler County Sheriff's Office in 2005 and was promoted to sergeant in 2007, according to Jones.
He said he went to the hospital to see Seals and her family Sunday night.
She also previously worked for the Fairfield Police Department, and her step-daughter, Jessica Begoon, now works for Simpson as a transport bailiff for the court.
"Sgt. Seals was one of my hardest working employees who is loved by everyone she supervised and worked side by side with," Jones said in a statement. "Sgt. Seals was passionate about her career in law enforcement and corrections.
"If there is one thing I'm sure of, it's that whomever I hired and was trained by Sgt. Seals was going to excel in their own career. Her values are instilled in everyone that has been lucky enough to have her as their supervisor, instructor, co-worker, and friend."
There was no immediate word on services.
Besides her daughter, step-daughter and grandson, Gunner Begoon, Seals is survived by her husband, Anthony.
"She was amazing. She will be missed by hundreds and hundreds of people," Pfeiffer said. "We know we are going to have a celebration of life as opposed to a funeral, but we don't have it planned yet. It will be in the coming weeks."