UPDATE: Driver accused of causing crash that killed 4 dies from injuries

BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. — The driver accused of causing a head-on crash that killed four others has died of his injuries.

The Butts County Sheriff's Department confirmed to Channel 2 Action News 23-year-old Shikym Jenkins died Saturday night in Atlanta.

The Georgia State Patrol said Jenkins slammed his Chevy Impala into a pickup truck when he tried to escape deputies in Monroe and Butts counties before Friday's crash.

The two passengers in his car were killed: 25-year-old Ebony Young and 26-year-old Sukquawn Hayes. Both Jenkins and Hayes had outstanding warrants in Chatham County, according to the sheriff's office.

Two of the four people inside the pickup truck were killed. They were identified as 72-year-old Judy Martin and 76-year-old Sandra Bowden.

The driver of the pickup, identified as 79-year-old Thomas Bowden, was critically injured in the wreck. Ronald Martin, 76, who was in the front passenger seat, was also injured. Both were taken to the hospital.

"My prayers are with their families as they have to mourn the loss of their loved ones," Sheriff Gary Long said.


The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Ga. 36 and Nathan Thaxton Road. It had started earlier as a traffic stop when a Monroe County sheriff's deputy attempted to pull over a Chevy Impala along Interstate 75.

GSP said the driver of the Impala, Jenkins sped off and the deputy followed the car for several miles before he called off the chase at mile marker 198.

The sheriff's office said Jenkins exited the interstate onto Ga. 36 toward Jackson and nearly hit a Butts County deputy.

"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," Long said.

Officials said the car went off the shoulder of the road, overcorrected and then hit the pickup truck head-on. The investigation is still ongoing.

Information from our partners at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.