February 11, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---An Augusta woman riding her bike was killed in a fatal accident early Saturday morning. Now the driver is facing felony murder charges.
18-year-old Darrius Ware is in stable condition at MCG following that accident, and once released he'll be taken straight to jail.
47-year-old Theodosia Mack was hit and killed while riding her bike on Olive Road, and it all began with a traffic stop.
"There was a marshal department traveling east on Gordon Highway when the vehicle passed him at a high rate of speed. He then initiated his blue lights and attempted to stop the vehicle," said Amelio Lampkin of the Georgia State Patrol.
Behind the wheel was 18-year-old Darrius Ware, who was no stranger to police. He was already out on bond, accused of shooting a man last March at the Red Carpet Inn.
This time when police came face to face with Ware, he was in a stolen car. They ran the tags, and he took off, leading authorities on a dangerous high speed chase.
They chased the vehicle down Barbaro Street and then down Old Savannah Road across Gordon Highway and back to Old Savannah Road. The vehicle was traveling at such a high rate of speed they actually lost contact with the vehicle.
After losing the cops, Ware sped down Olive Road, took a corner too fast, and crossed over the yellow line at close to 70 miles an hour without ever braking.
Theodosia Mack never had a chance.
"When he struck the bicycle, it caused fatal and dismembering injuries to the operator of the bicycle," Lampkin said.
After hitting Mack, Ware slammed on his brakes and skidded more than 30 feet into a tree.
"Units actually passed the accident because he had gained so much ground on them, and once they turned around, that's when they saw the smoke and the body laying in the road," Lampkin said.
It was a teenage joyride that cost a stranger her life. Now investigators are working hard to bring Mack's family justice.
"It just makes you want to do your job and not have any part of the prosecution fall because of something you did, so you want to take the extra time and the extra effort to make sure you do your job correctly," Lampkin said.
Darrius Ware is in stable condition at MCG. Once released, he faces felony charges for Mack's murder, the stolen car, and for eluding police.