A Wilkinson County man, currently hospitalized in Atlanta, is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol in a fatal wreck that claimed the life of an 86-year-old Florida man in Baldwin County, state authorities say.
The wreck, described as a head-on collision, happened shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday on Ga. Route 29, or the U.S. 441 Highway bypass, near the intersection of Ga. Route 49, said a spokesperson with the Georgia State Patrol.
The person killed was identified as Joseph Finan, of Tampa, Fla., according to Baldwin County Chief Deputy Coroner Ken Garland.
Finan was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 12:05 a.m. Monday, Garland told The Union-Recorder.
Garland said an autopsy will not be performed.
Finan was traveling northbound on the bypass in the left lane, according to a preliminary report filed by Trooper First Class Kevin Kirby of the Georgia State Patrol post in Milledgeville. Finan was driving a 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Kirby was the investigating trooper, according to Sgt. First Class Robbie Roberson, commander of the Georgia State Patrol post in Milledgeville.
The other driver, meanwhile, was identified as 40-year-old William Thompson, of McIntyre, who was driving a 2003 Toyota 4-Runner south on the bypass in the northbound lane.
Thompson, who reportedly was seriously injured, was treated at the scene by firefighters/first responders with Baldwin County Fire Rescue and personnel with Grady Emergency Medical Services. He later was flown by an AirEvac helicopter to Grady Hospital in Atlanta.
According to the preliminary investigation, Thompson’s SUV struck Finan’s pickup truck in the left lane of the bypass, a patrol spokesperson said through an email.
Thompson “was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash,” according to the email.
The crash remains under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).