Mary Manning, 57, and her 14-year-old granddaughter, Michelle Mobley, died after the Toyota Echo driven by Manning was struck by two vehicles, first a Chevrolet Silverado driven by 48-year-old Johnny Hyatt, of Bowden, and secondly, a BMW driven by 31-year-old Robert Phillips, of Jackson, at approximately 6:40 p.m.
“She (Manning) was on Rehoboth Road. She came across the westbound side and they (Hyatt and Phillips) were traveling east when she was struck,” said Trooper J.T. McMillan, of the Griffin Georgia State Patrol Post. “The first one that struck her was a Chevrolet Silverado - it struck her on the passenger-side door. It (Manning’s vehicle) rotated around and was struck on the driver-side door by a BMW.”
“The child was pronounced dead at the scene. Manning was transported to Spalding Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead,” McMillan said.
According to McMillan, neither Hyatt or Phillips is facing charges and they were both not injured in the wreck.
“Nobody has been cited at this time and no charges are expected to be filed,” he said. “Speed is also not going to be a factor in this. It’s just a failure-to-yield situation.”
Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster said, “Both of them were basically dead at the scene. They both suffered severe internal injuries. Michelle was, I think, an eighth-grade student over at Taylor Street Middle School. I know they had counselors over at the school (Thursday) morning to help the kids.”