Suspect arrested for drag racing deaths

Published 6:10 pm Monday, April 1, 2024

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The Troup County Sheriff’s Office has identified one individual believed to be involved in the deadly drag racing incident on Antioch Road.

Warrants were issued for the arrest of Willie David Rhodes, Jr. on 11 charges in total, including two counts of vehicular homicide.

An attorney for Rhodes said he intended to turn himself in Friday afternoon, according to Sheriff James Woodruff, however, he wasn’t booked into the Troup County jail until Monday.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, on the night of March 10, a Chevrolet S-10 was allegedly drag-racing another vehicle on Antioch Road and lost control of the truck, striking a Chevrolet Trailblazer parked on the shoulder of the roadway.

The driver fled the scene but TCSO Criminal Investigators working with the Georgia State Patrol to identify the driver as Rhodes.

Cory Maddox, 42, and Matalito Bass, 47, were killed in the incident and three others were injured.

Rhodes, 45, was charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle, racing on highways or streets, laying drag, two counts of reckless driving, three counts of serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain in right lane and leaving the scene of an accident.

Rhodes is currently being held at the Troup County Jail with bond amounts totaling $55,500.

“I want to thank my team of investigators for working around the clock with our partners at the Georgia State Patrol to help identify this individual that was responsible for causing the deaths and injuries from this illegal and unfortunate event that took place,” Sheriff Woodruff said in a press release.