Fatal Crash in Wilkinson County

Fatal Crash in Wilkinson County

Man killed in roll-over on Georgia Highway 29/441
McINTYRE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A man is sitting in the Wilkinson County jail accused of vehicular homicide during an auto accident.

Wilkinson County Sheriff's Office arrested 55-year-old Anthony Dale Phillips, Friday. Phillips is also charged with driving under the influence and possession of methamphetamine. 

The collision happened on Georgia Highway 29/441 in McIntrye, around 2 p.m., Monday.

A Georgia College Custodial Supervisor, 53-year-old Cary Hopson was killed in the collision, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Hopson was driving, a 1989 blue Buick Century, north on Hwy., 29 when he was rear-ended by Phillip's silver 2008 Nissan Frontier pick-up truck.
Hopson was forced off the road during the collision and overturned several times landing in a ditch facing north, .4 miles north of Davis Cemetery Road. 

"It really kind of shocked me," said Wilkinson County Coroner Billy Matthews, and owner of Billy Matthews Grocery Store. Matthews was among the rescuers and sheriff's deputies responding to the wreck.

"I couldn't really place him right off," added Matthews. "I know I've seen him here in my store here before. But, then when I got to looking around I realize who it was."

He said he initially thought it was a single car accident because the cars were so far apart from each other.

"Mr. Hopson had his seatbelt still on," he continued. "He was still inside the car hanging upside down in the car and we had to cut him out, and slide him out."

Georgia State Patrol and the Wilkinson County Sheriff Office are investigating the accident.

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