Driver Charged in Fatal Drag Race Crash on Antioch Road in Troup County

On the evening of March 10, 2024, at 8:56 PM, Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol along with local first responders, responded to a vehicle crash on Antioch Road. Several people were injured and two adults died as a result of the crash. One vehicle involved in the crash, which was determined to be the result of a drag race, left the scene and the driver was unknown at the time.

Since the time of the crash, our Criminal Investigators have been working with the Georgia State Patrol to identify the driver. On April 1st, the driver identified as Willie David Rhodes, Jr., 45 years of age, of LaGrange, was booked in the Troup County Jail and is charged with the following by the Georgia State Patrol:

  • Failure to Remain in Right Lane (Misd)
  • Leaving the Scene of Accident (Misd)
  • Reckless Driving *2 (Misd)
  • Serious Injury by Vehicle *3 (Fel)
  • Homicide Vehicle *2 (Fel)
  • Laying Drag (Misd)
  • Racing on Highways or Streets (Misd)

“I want to thank my team of investigators for working around the clock with our partners at the Georgia State Patrol to help identify this individual that was responsible for causing the deaths and injuries from this illegal and unfortunate event that took place,” said Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff.