Moultrie Observer

February 13, 2007

Early County tragedy links to Colquitt family; 2 men die in crash

Kevin Hall

BLAKELY — One of two men killed in a collision in Early County has ties to Colquitt County.

Jerry Lynwood “Jay” DeMott, 40, of Blakely died at an area hospital from injuries he suffered in the crash Sunday. DeMott was the son of Jerry and Judy DeMott of Valdosta, who both grew up in Moultrie. His aunt and uncle, Emily and W.C. “Red” Jordan, still live here.

According to published reports, DeMott was a passenger in a Ford F-150 pickup driven by William F. Foster, 45. DeMott and Foster worked together at Dixie Shooters, a hunting and fishing store in Blakely, Jordan said, and they were returning from a hunting trip.

Foster was driving the truck north on U.S. Highway 27 about 6 p.m. Sunday, the Georgia State Patrol said. Jordan said he was towing a Jeep that contained the dogs they had been hunting with.

The Albany Herald web site, quoting the GSP, said a tractor-trailer ran the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 62 and hit the truck. Jordan said the point of impact was actually the Jeep containing the dogs.

Foster reportedly was pronounced dead at the scene. DeMott died later at an area hospital. Foster’s wife, Theresa Foster, also was seriously injured.

“Killed every dog,” Jordan added. “I don’t know how many dogs they had.”

Even worse, Jordan said, DeMott’s wife came upon the wreck about five minutes after it happened. She was driving an out-of-town guest who had been hunting with them.

The tractor-trailer driver, Stephen Collins, 58, of Niceville, Fla., was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of failure to stop at a stop sign, the web site quoted authorities as saying. Collins was not hurt in the accident. He was released on bond from the Early County Jail Monday.

Early County authorities described the location as a dangerous intersection in a story published on www.walb.com. They said they sought state funds from the Department of Transportation to install a traffic light or other warning signal but were denied, the story said.

DeMott’s funeral will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta. Carson McLane Funeral Home of Valdosta is in charge of arrangements, and full obituary information can be found on their Web site, www.mclanefuneralservices.com.