Two women from Covington were killed and two men in the vehicle with them injured when they were involved in a collision on Ga. Highway 36 in Butts County Friday night with a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed after running from a traffic stop on I-75. Two passengers in the other vehicle also died on impact and the driver reportedly died Saturday night at Atlanta Medical Center, according to a Facebook post by Butts County Sheriff Gary Long.
The two women from Covington who died were Judy Martin, 72 and Sandra Bowden, 76. They were seated in the rear passenger seats of a Chevrolet pickup truck, according to a story on 11 Alive News. The driver, Thomas Bowden, 79, was transported to a hospital in Macon in critical condition and his other front seat passenger, Ronald Martin, 76, was transported to Atlanta Medical Center in stable condition.
The driver of the Chevrolet Impala that ran into them and later died was Shikym Jenkins, 23, of Garden City. Two passengers, Sukquawn Hayes, 26, also of Garden City and Ebony Young, 25, of Savannah died on impact. Long reported that there were warrants out for Jenkins and Hayes and Young was recently released from prison on drug convictions and fleeing from authorities after serving two months of a six-year sentence. He said that Hayes died with a loaded gun on his lap.
Long posted on the Butt’s County Facebook page in an effort to clear up any misconception about the events that led up to the wreck. He noted that it began when a Monroe County deputy stopped the Chevy Impala northbound on Interstate 75 around the 195-mile marker, but the vehicle sped off as the deputy approached. He pursued the vehicle but lost sight of it at about the 198-mile marker. A Butt’s County deputy, responding to I-75 in reference to the chase, was reportedly almost hit head-on when traveling westbound on Highway 36 by the suspect vehicle traveling in excess of 110 mph. By the time the deputy had turned around to give chase, the suspect had again disappeared from view. The deputy was then traveling back on Highway 36 when he came upon the fatal wreck.
There is a story on 11 Alive News on the loss to the Covington community of the two women who died in the wreck.