Man killed on I-20 was driv­ing dead man’s car

The Covington News - - Front page - RACHEL GOFF News Ed­i­tor

The South Carolina man who was struck and killed early Tues­day morn­ing on In­ter­state 20 in New­ton County was driv­ing a car reg­is­tered to a dead Alabama man, au­thor­i­ties said.

Ac­cord­ing to Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol, Wil­liam Clark Hil­dreph, 44, from South Carolina lost con­trol of his Chevro­let Impala while trav­el­ing east on I-20. He col­lided with the me­dian wall, caus­ing his ve­hi­cle to spin around and come to rest fac­ing west in the east­bound lanes.

When Hil­dreph ex­ited his ve­hi­cle to cross lanes of traf­fic on foot, he was hit by a red or bur­gundy SUV.

The driver of the SUV fled the scene and is still at large, said GSP spokesman Gordy Wright.

Upon fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the in­ci­dent, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered Hil­dreph was driv­ing an Impala that be­longed to a man in Ha­leyville, Ala. When Ha­leyville po­lice went to the owner’s res­i­dence to no­tify him the ve­hi­cle had been in a crash, the owner was found de­ceased, said Wright.

GSP of­fi­cials are still look­ing for the driver of the SUV and en­cour­age any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact GSP at (770 464 - 1800 or (706) 210 - 2050.


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