BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. - Four people are dead, two in critical condition and one stable following a police chase and car crash in Butts County Saturday, Sept. 28.
The police chase began when the Monroe County Sheriff's Office attempted to make a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Impala. The car initially pulled over but then sped away, according to a statement from the Georgia State Patrol.
MCSO discontinued the pursuit at the 198 mile marker, and the Butts County Sheriff's Office placed a BOLO (be on the lookout) on the vehicle.
"The Impala exited I-75 at the 201 exit and traveled east towards Jackson," according to the statement. "A Butts County Deputy was traveling west on 36 and observed the vehicle traveling eastbound. The driver of the Impala accelerated at a high rate of speed and continued east."
As the car went around a curve, it ran off the south shoulder and over-corrected to the left. The car crossed over into the westbound lane and struck a pickup truck head-on.
The car came to an uncontrolled stop on the north shoulder of 36, and the pickup rotated clockwise and came to an uncontrolled stop in the westbound lane of State Route 36.
The driver of the Impala, Shikym Jenkins, 23, of Garden City, is in critical condition. He was transported to Atlanta Medical Center.
The passengers of the car, Ebony Young, 25, of Savannah, and Sukquawn Hayes, 26, of Garden City, are deceased.
The driver of the pick-up truck, Thomas Bowden, 79, of Covington, is in critical condition. He was transported to Navicent Health in Macon.
The front passenger of the truck, Ronald Martin, 76, of Covington, is in stable condition. He was transported to Atlanta Medical Center.
The other two passengers of the truck, Judy Martin, 72, of Covington, Sandra Bowden, 76, of Covington, are deceased.
A full investigation will be completed by GSP Troop D Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.
The Covington News will continue to update this story as information becomes available.