Man Charged In South Georgia Fatal Accident

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Associated Press Release

NASHVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a 38-year-old man has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide after crashing into another car during a police chase.

Georgia State Patrol officials say Israel Timothy Rutland, of Tifton, is charged in the deaths of 23-year-old Matthew Dean Horton and 32-year-old Kelly Marie Prescott, who were killed on Tuesday.

State patrol officials have said the two were hit by Rutland's truck as he eluded police. Trooper Richard Kennedy says another woman is in a Tallahassee hospital, and is in serious condition with a multitude of injuries

Authorities say Rutland broke his back in the crash and is hospitalized in Macon. It's unclear if he has an attorney. Authorities say Rutland was wanted by sheriff's officials in nearby Tift County for a hit and run crash last week.

By: Winnie Wright
November 13, 2013

Nashville, GA - The town of Nashville, Georgia was shaken Tuesday as two people lost their lives and one was critically injured after their SUV was hit by a truck on their way to a birthday party.

"Great big explosion, I mean, it sounded like two train cars colliding" was what Freddy Gaskins, a witness had to say.

The wreck happened Tuesday afternoon when Tift County Deputies were chasing suspect Tim Rutland. According to authorities, the suspect ran a stop sign at the corner of Enigma Road and Highway 125 going about 75 to 80 miles per hour. He hit an SUV carrying Matt Horton, Kelly Prescott, and Heidi Mancil, killing Horton and Prescott on impact. Mancil is recovering in Tallahassee.

Gene Scarbrough, the Tift County Sheriff, said chases like this are uncommon, but they do happen."I sympathize with the families for their loss, our guys for the pain that they're suffering, and they are. It pains me very badly, but we just have to move on and try to learn and see if there's something we would do different."

The accident has left the family picking up the pieces, while residents of Nashville are still trying to understand how the wreck happened and how it could have been avoided.

Jerry Baker, a family friend, arrived on the scene with the mother of Matt Horton's Children, Kim. "The family is really devastated, and Kim, Matt's wife, is really devastated. She's torn all to pieces. 'I cannot believe this', you know? She says, 'I know he's coming back.''This is not real.'"

Rutland is recovering from a broken back in Macon and is expected to be returned to Tifton soon, where he will face charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, felony fleeing, and attempting to elude. He is also facing numerous additional charges from the Georgia State Patrol, Berrien County Sheriff's Office, and Nashville Police Department.

Nashville, GA - A crash following a police chase in south Georgia has killed two people, one other person was injured in the crash. It happened near the intersection of Enigma and Tifton roads in the city of Nashville, Georgia early this afternoon.

Police officers were chasing a silver truck for unknown reasons down Enigma Road. That's when the truck crashed into an SUV with two passengers inside. Those two people were pronounced dead. A passenger in the truck was transported to a local hospital by life flight, and the driver was taken into custody.

WCTV will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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