On Monday morning around 9 a.m. in Ty Ty, a Ford pick up truck was driving west on Upper Ty Ty Road, when it made an attempt to turn left onto Ray Taylor Road. The white pick up failed to yield to a Chevrolet Blazer driven by 58-year-old Steven Hobbs, a retired teacher from the Tift County School System. Since the pick up failed to yield, the two vehicles collided head on in the eastbound lane of Upper Ty Ty Road. Mr. Hobbs was taken by ambulance from the accident and was on a life flight to the hospital when he died. Jeromy Roberts, from the Georgia State Patrol, said he didn’t believe the driver of the pick up, 76-year-old Johnnie Hall, was on the phone at the time of the accident, and that the driver was tested for drugs and alcohol. Mr. Roberts stated, “the driver of the pickup truck was taken down to the Tift County Hospital, where he provided a voluntary sample of his blood and urine. We’re waiting on the results of that before we file any charges.” Mr. Hall apparently told police he simply didn’t see Mr. Hobbs’ car. Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the crash and charges may be pending for Mr. Hall.
People who knew Mr. Hobbs described him as a family man, dedicated, and helpful. Friends, co-workers and students remembered him this week. Mr. Hobbs’ friend, Bo Edenfield, said of him, “if you ever needed something, you called Steve Hobbs. He was a jack of all trades….Very, Very well-known throughout the community of Ty Ty and also Tifton because [it was] just his personality. Just the man he was. He was everybody’s friend, for sure.” Mr. Hobbs taught agriculture at Tift County High School and was the head advisor for the Young Farmers program. He retired last year, but continued to volunteer with the Young Farmers program. “He came here and worked for the University of Georgia [and] went into the school systems to give that knowledge to kids to educate them in the field of agriculture,” said Joe West. Another friend, Tiffany Wiggins, said, “it’s a tragic loss for the whole agriculture community, not just in Tift County but also the whole state of Georgia. He was a big influence through everybody.”
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