Two killed in afternoon crash on Bobby Jones Expressway

Two people were killed and one was in critical condition after a crash Thursday afternoon on Bobby Jones Expressway.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Randy Prickett said two vehicles, a 1998 Dodge Neon and a 1995 Mazda pickup, had pulled into the emergency lane of eastbound Bobby Jones near Gordon Highway.

The vehicles’ three male occupants were standing at the rear of the pickup adjusting furniture in the truck bed when the crash took place at 1:19 p.m.

Witnesses told deputies an eastbound 2012 Nissan Sentra drifted out of its lane and hit all three men as they stood at the rear of the pickup.

Richmond County Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said two of the men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Their names were not being released Thursday night.

Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald said both men’s fathers, who were notified, needed additional time to notify extended-family members.

The names could be released today.

The bodies were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab in Atlanta for autopsies, McDonald said.

The third man, identified as 48-year-old Matt Taylor, was at Medical College of Georgia Hospital in critical but stable condition Thursday night.

The Sentra’s driver, Lydia Martin, 61, of Washington, D.C.,
was treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Prickett said Martin might have been asleep at the wheel when the crash occurred.

Martin is facing charges of failure to maintain lane and two counts of second-degree homicide by vehicle.

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