BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. — The 23-year-old driver who was accused of causing four deaths in a Butts County crash on Friday has died of his injuries.
The Butts County Sheriff’s Department said Shikym Jenkins died Saturday night in Atlanta.
The crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Ga. 36 and Nathan Thaxton Road as Jenkins fled form deputies.
Butts County Sheriff Gary Long said 23-year-old Shikym Jenkins refused to pull over when Monroe County deputies tried to stop him on I-75. Deputies eventually lost sight of the vehicle and alerted law enforcement officials in the area.
Georgia State Patrol said a Butts County Sheriff’s deputy later saw the vehicle, but Jenkins crashed before the deputy caught up with him. It was reported that the car went off the shoulder of the road, and the driver overcorrected and hit the pickup truck head-on.
“My deputy was traveling westbound on Hwy 36 when he was met head-on with the suspect vehicle traveling in excess of 110 mph, traveling eastbound in the westbound lane. By the time my deputy could turn around, the suspect vehicle was out of sight and had successfully eluded law enforcement for the second time,” Sheriff Gary Long stated.
The two passengers in Jenkins car were killed. They have been identified as 25-year-old Ebony Young and 26-year-old Sukquawn Hayes. According to the Butts County Sheriff’s Office, Jenkins and Hayes had outstanding warrants in Chatham County.
Two of the four people in the pickup truck died. They were later identified as 72-year-old Judy Martin and 76-year-old Sandra Bowden.
The driver of the pickup, Thomas Bowden, 79, was critically injured while front-seat passenger Ronald Martin, 76, was also injured. Both were taken to the hospital.
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