Sheriff Brad Freeman said it’s unlikely they’ll ever know why a 25-year-old man living in Forsyth fought with a Glynn County deputy on I-75 on Sunday night before winding up in traffic and being struck and killed by dozens of vehicles.
According to the sheriff’s report, Markel Matthews, 25, drove into the back of the marked patrol vehicle of Glynn County deputy Robert Mibell on I-75 north near Johnstonville Road, causing heavy damage. He then exited his car and began to attack the deputy, who fought back.
Matthews told Mibell, “You’ll have to kill me!” He then ran into heavy traffic and died instantly after being struck by numerous vehicles before the interstate was closed.
Freeman said the number of cars that struck Matthews’ body at high speeds left a horrific scene on the interstate covering almost half a mile.
Coroner Joey Proctor said his deputy Jessica Williams handled the call and said it was one of the worst scenes she’s ever experienced. He said they talked at length about it to try to give her some emotional support in the trauma.
“It was a bad one,” said Proctor.
Witness Sherman Jones told deputy Larry Sullivan that Matthews’ car hit the driver’s side of his vehicle before the patrol vehicle car was hit and he saw Matthews fighting Mibell before running into the interstate and lying down in the middle lane. Freeman said despite several drivers hitting Matthews only one stopped to give a statement.
Mibell was taken to Monroe County Hospital with minor injuries.
Freeman said Mibell had checked into the Georgia Public Safety Training Center on Sunday night and was heading to the McDonald’s at exit 201 in Butts County when the accident happened. After the incident, family members came to get Mibell and took him home. Matthews lived at Forsyth Garden Apartments, said Freeman.
Monroe County deputies were already responding to another serious wreck on Hwy. 42 at Sutton Road when the fatal one occurred.
Two teenagers from Lizella had to be Lifeflighted after their vehicle struck that of a McDonough man on Hwy. 42. Freeman said the teens, ages 15 and 17, were southbound on Hwy. 42 when they tried to pass a car and wound up colliding with another one. The McDonough driver’s injuries were not serious, said the sheriff.