Charges filed in deadly Burke County drag race


The Burke County Sheriff’s Office filed charges against the two men involved in a weekend drag racing crash that killed two people, deputies said Thursday.

Michael Donnell Mathis, 38, and Torrance Lamar Crumbley, 33, of Waynesboro were charged with two counts of first-degree homicide by vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury or death, racing on highways or streets and reckless driving, along with other vehicular violations.

Both men are accused of killing Kevin Johnson, 27, of Sardis, Ga., and Keshon Burdette, 15, of Waynesboro. Johnson and Burdette were recording the race on Seven Oaks Road about 6 p.m. Sunday when they were hit by an out-of-control car.

Both Crumbley and Mathis left the scene immediately, but Mathis was tracked down shortly after by the Georgia State Patrol because he had suffered injuries in the wreck. His car flipped several times and was totaled. Crumbley turned himself in to police Tuesday.

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