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Victim identified in fatal crash

Kelvin Hooks, Dougherty County Resident Kelvin Hooks, Dougherty County Resident
Lt. M.J. Wood, Dougherty County Police Lt. M.J. Wood, Dougherty County Police


Dougherty County officials have identified the crash victim as 41-year-old Melissa Burger.

We have also learned the identity of the driver of the SUV. We spoke with family, who says the driver is 41-year-old Bobby Phillips. Phillips lives in Leesburg. His sister-in-law tells us he's being treated at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.


A deadly crash at the intersection of Nelms and Stagecoach Road in Dougherty County has some people in shock.

"My wife and my son, they broke down and everything and I sent my son in the house because I didn't want him to see none of that," said Kelvin Hooks.

Dougherty County Police say the driver of a Green Ford F-150 Pick-up truck was headed South on Stagecoach Road when he collided with a silver SUV that had two people inside.

"The truck ran the stop sign and it T-boned the other vehicle on the side right on the passenger door was where the impact occurred," said M.J. Wood with Dougherty County Police.

The passenger inside the SUV died at the scene.  Kelvin Hooks, who lives nearby, and was holding a yard sale, says the two people inside the SUV had just left his house when the crash happened.

"My wife ran and calls 911 and runs down there to make sure everything is ok with them and she just breaks down," said Hooks. "I had to finish the rest of the 911 call."

The driver of the pick-up, 24-year-old Scott Dent, also died. Police say he was driving fast and also hit a utility pole and a fire hydrant.

"The guy who was driving the Ford truck was at fault in the accident," said Wood. "We've got numerous witnesses that filled out statements to the affect about how the driver was going."

After seeing the crash, Hooks is hoping drivers will be more cautious.

"I hope that people will watch their surroundings and watch everything around them," said Hooks. " It's a life changing event."

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