News 12 First at Five / Monday, June 18, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Two men are dead after two separate accidents on both sides of the river, but investigators say both were hit by someone who had been drinking alcohol.
The wrecks happened this past weekend. A father of three was killed on his motorcycle in Augusta. Another man was killed on I-20 in Aiken County.
Two women are in jail, both in their early 20s. One of them was in court Monday and received no bond. This comes as investigators continue mapping out the two deadly accidents.
An emotional 22-year-old Kalisha Luke appeared before a judge. Only News 12's cameras were there as Luke made her first appearance in magistrate court.
Richmond County deputies say Luke was driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs when she hit a father of three on his motorcycle.
That father was Hilton "Tony" Milton. His wife, Sherry Milton, told News 12, "He's got children. He's his mother's only son. Can you imagine that? Your only son taken away from you. My first husband being taken away from me; it's unbearable."
Milton is now making funeral arrangements. Her soulmate of 10 years was driving on Windsor Spring Road early Sunday morning heading to his mother's house.
"And I guess within an hour he had left here, the coroner was here," she said.
It's an all too familiar story just the night before on I-20 in Aiken County.
Troopers say 21-year-old Lacie Doolittle ran into the back of a man who was pulled over in an emergency lane. Troopers say he was having car trouble and had pulled over to check under the hood when Doolittle hit his truck, causing the truck to run him over.
"My heart goes out to that family. I pray for strength," Milton said.
And, just like Luke, troopers say Doolittle had also been drinking.
"You know, every time when we get out into our car or on a motorcycle that could be our very last trip," Milton said.
For two men it was and investigators say it's all because someone decided to get behind the wheel after some drinks.
"Drinking and driving kills people. It takes their lives, an innocent life," Milton said.
This is not Luke's first time with a DUI. Court records show her last one was just this past March.
On Monday, the judge decided to hold Luke in jail without bond. Her family stormed out in tears; they had no comment for us.
As for Doolittle, she was sent to an Augusta hospital and then was booked into the Richmond County Jail, but she will be extradited to Aiken County in the next few days.