Fayette County driver charged in two deaths Brother, sister killed while changing tire

Brother, sister killed while changing tire

Kenneth Ebel

Kenneth Ebel

MORROW — A Fayetteville man reportedly told police he was distracted when he hit a brother and sister changing a tire near an interstate ramp Monday morning.

Morrow police Capt. James Callaway said driver Kenneth Carl Ebel, 61, cooperated with the investigation into the deaths of Savannah Guio Hayter, 30, and Steven Mack, 23, both of Texas. Ebel was arrested Wednesday and has been charged with failure to use due care and two counts of homicide by vehicle in the second degree.

Ebel made his first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court Thursday.

Callaway said Ebel, driving a Toyota SUV, hit the siblings as they changed a tire in the safety gore between northbound I-75 and the interstate entrance ramp from Jonesboro Road in Morrow. Ebel reportedly told police he was distracted by something and that the collision was an accident.

Hayter was dead at the scene, said Callaway, and Mack died at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Callaway said the “tragic” deaths could have been avoided.

“This is a tragic case and we would like to remind motorists to please get as far off the shoulder of the roadway as they possibly can,” he said. “If they feel unsafe or uncomfortable, they may call 911 at any time for police assistance. We ask that they remain in the vehicle until help arrives.”

According to Clayton County court records, Ebel was cited for speeding in May. Court records show he was ticketed for going 16 to 20 mph over the posted speed limit. He paid $141.50 on the ticket in June and the case was disposed of July 11.

There is no evidence on whether speed was a factor in the collision.