Originally created 02/21/99

Guard dies when struck



An Augusta woman has been charged with vehicular homicide after a security guard was hit by a truck and killed late Friday on Doug Bernard Highway, police said.

Henry L. Wilson, 48, of the 2900 block of Nells Court, was pronounced dead at the scene when a Toyota truck hit him at about 11:30 p.m. at the back entrance of International Paper Co.

Carol Ann Marks, 52, of 9 Highgate West, was charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and driving too fast for conditions. She is stable at Medical College of Georgia Hospital with lacerations to her face, but police said she will be transferred to the Richmond County jail.

Deputy Shannon Mitchell said Mr. Wilson was locking up Gate 6 when the truck, which was traveling at high speed, tried to go through the gate and struck Mr. Wilson. His left leg was severed, and he was thrown into his own truck, which was parked at the gate.

Ms. Marks was ejected through her sunroof when her vehicle rolled one complete turn. She was semiconscious when police arrived, Deputy Mitchell said. Paramedics from Rural Metro attempted to resuscitate Mr. Wilson using CPR, but he died because of the injuries to his leg.

Police are waiting on results of the reports on Ms. Marks' blood-alcohol level, but she had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, and liquor and wine bottles were found in her vehicle, Deputy Mitchell said. The Toyota truck sustained extensive damages.

"It was a pretty gruesome scene," Deputy Mitchell said.

Police have not yet questioned Ms. Marks as to why she was attempting to drive through the gates into International Paper, which is private property.

Jessica Rinck can be reached at (706) 823-3225 or newsroom@augustachronicle.com.