The sister and brother-in-law of a man they said was killed in a hit-and-run Oct. 7 were charged Tuesday with giving a false statement in connection to his death.
Kathryn Nicole Matthews, 21, and her husband Kyle Austin Hobson, 22, both of 313 Whiskey Road, surrendered themselves to investigators Tuesday morning at the Columbia County Detention Center. The couple had told authorities that Scott Matthew, 24, sustained head injuries in a hit and run on Whiskey Grove Road, from which he died the following day at AU Medical Center.
Instead, Matthews injuries were sustained as the result of a “prank” on his sister, according to a Georgia State Patrol investigation.
During the course of their investigation into the incident, agency investigators discovered inconsistencies that indicated Matthews was not struck by a speeding vehicle, a news release from the Grovetown highway patrol post states.
This past weekend Anthony Matthews, the victim’s father, contacted the post and told troopers that he discovered information concerning the incident, it states. Matthews father accompanied the couple as they met with GSP investigators Monday.
According to the release, Kathryn Matthews was in the process of moving a vehicle from one side of their property to another the night of the incident which required her to travel on Whiskey Road.
Scott Matthews jumped on the hood of the vehicle, which startled her. She hit the brakes, which caused him to fall on pavement and strike his head, it states.
After the incident, Hobson moved the vehicle out of the roadway away from the scene, according to the news release. The couple indicated that they initially misled investigators out of fear, it states.
Bond for the couple has been set for $2,600. The case will be forwarded and further reviewed by the Augusta Circuit District Attorney’s Office, the news release states.