Co-workers helping ‘lucky to be alive’ Hanford patrolman seriously hurt in head-on

People are raising money for a Hanford patrolman who faces a long recovery after surviving a deadly head-on collision last week.

So far, the GoFundMe campaign raised more than $8,600 for Hanford Patrolman Tim Johns in a little more than a day of asking for donations.

Johns was heading home from work on Oct. 10 in his personal pickup truck along Route 4 South on the part of the nuclear reservation closed to the public.

A Lexus, trying to pass several other vehicles, slammed into him, said Benton County sheriff’s investigators.

The Lexus driver, Hanford worker Rajagopal “Raj” Ganapathy, 56, of Richland, died in the crash. Johns suffered multiple broken bones and other internal injuries.

“After several surgeries, he has a long recovery ahead of him,” said Briana DeLine, the fundraising campaign’s organizer. “Tim, along with his wife, are dedicated Hanford employees and will need support in this time of healing.”

DeLine, a fellow Hanford patrol officer, said Johns has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

He is hard working, witty and sincere, and he goes out of his way to do the best job he can, she said on the GoFundMe page. The money will help ease the family’s financial burden.

“Now is the time to help a man that give his all to his job, family and friends,” DeLine said.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.