Hit and Run

Twenty-four-year-old Terry Heidelberg from Heidelberg is now being held in the Clarke County Jail, charged with the accident. It happened around 11:55 Saturday night when Heidelberg is accused of hitting two pedestrians near the intersection of County Road 270 in the Saint Mary's Community outside Shubuta.

At the time of the accident, investigators say they believe Heidelberg was driving southbound when he left the roadway and hit the two pedestrians who were thought to be walking in the area along the shoulder of the road.

"We believe at the time of the accident that the suspect was under the influence of alcohol, but by the time the subject was arrested, the test results were not available at that time," says Sheriff Todd Kemp.

The two victims have been identified as 25-year-old Rilo Stevens from Shubuta and Sarah Watts, who we're told is in her mid-30s and originally from Alabama. Both were discovered immediately after the accident by someone nearby who heard it.

Meanwhile, as for Heidelberg, investigators say at the time of the accident he was driving a car which he had borrowed from a friend. Sheriff Kemp says the arrest was possible thanks to tips from the community.

"We had a lot of help from the community and he had been seen in the car earlier in the day."

For now Heidelberg is charged with felony hit-and-run. However, investigators say both victims are still in very serious condition and the charges could be upgraded.

A bond hearing for Heidelberg is expected to be held Tuesday.


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