Teen is killed by auto on Highway 72, driver facing homicide charge

A Georgia State Patrol spokesman said Tuesday morning that an Elberton man will be charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree, hit-and-run involving a death and driver under the influence drugs/alcohol in connection with the death of a high school student Tuesday night.

Willie Fred Johnson, 61, of 3326 Dixon-McCall Road, was driving eastbound on Calhoun Falls Highway Monday evening at approximately 7 p.m. when he struck and killed Mathew Joseph House, 16, of 2259 Calhoun Falls Highway, according to Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Al Whitworth.

According to Whitworth, House was attempting to cross the highway from the westbound side of the road.

House was found dead along the highway after authorities received a 911 call at 7:04 p.m., according to Elbert County Coroner Chuck Almond.

Almond said House had just been dropped off at the location by his brother.

According to Whitworth, Johnson did not stop at the accident scene when the incident occurred, but very shortly after the incident a Georgia State Patrol investigator was able to identify Johnson as the person who hit the teenager with his car. Whitworth said he was not sure how the Georgia State Patrol identified Johnson.

There were no witnesses to the actual event, said Whitworth.

Whitworth said warrants were taken out on Johnson Tuesday morning.

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