Second victim identified in fleeing driver fatal crash
The scene of the fatal wreck just outside of Doerun on Highway 133.
Two people were confirmed dead after the two vehicle crash.
Sheriff Jeff Hobby
DOERUN, GA (WALB) -
Officials said the driver who caused a deadly crash was high on marijuana and running from a deputy at the time.
According to Georgia State Patrol, a Worth County deputy tried to stop 23-year-old Darius Williams while speeding on Highway 133 around 5 p.m. Monday.
Troopers said Williams sped away, driving on the shoulder and between cars in the middle of the road.
That's when he lost control, went down an embankment, spun back toward the road, went airborne, and sheered the top off an oncoming Mercury Mountaineer.
The driver of that SUV, 61-year-old Danny Morgan was killed, along with a passenger in Williams' car, 19-year old Tesla Lynn Laskey of Albany.
Hazel Howell lives near Highway 133 she says once she heard the ambulance pass by her home yesterday, she knew something was wrong. "I didn't see the wreck and I am glad I didn't, because I know it had to be bad."
"The deputy turned around and attempted to stop him but when he seen how much traffic and how he was driving he went to discontinue the pursuit of him," said Sheriff Jeff Hobby.
The deputy was unable to call anyone before the accident happened. "The accident happened before he got turned around good."
Howell says traffic was backed up beyond her house for a long time. "It must of three hours or more where they cleared the road where they could go, you know through."
Howell hopes nothing like this ever happens again but admits this is a very busy road way. But she also adds that GSP are on these roads often.
Officials reopened the highway around 8:45 p.m.
Williams was taken to the hospital. His condition was not immediately available.
He was charged with two counts of first degree vehicular homicide, DUI, and other traffic violation.