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Drag racing kills two

Car crashed through fence near GBI building Car crashed through fence near GBI building
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Drag racing killed two men in South Georgia Sunday night.

Police say 24-year old Michael Bevard and 28-year old Damian Brown killed when their car hit crashed into a tree. Authorities say the driver was trying to avoid a sheriff's deputy when their Ford Crown Victoria crashed.

Longtime friend Castarvis Thomas says he still cannot believe Bevard and Brown are dead. "It really has not sunk in yet. It's just a tragic accident."

Police say just after 1 a.m. a deputy witnessed two cars drag racing on Jackson Street heading west.

The deputy began pursuing the racers, but lost sight of them near Pinetree Boulevard.

Just a few minutes later, Bevard and Damian Brown were found dead in this Ford Crown Victoria after it went through this fence and struck this tree.

"This was a preventable crash. There was absolutely no reason for that to have occurred last night. It was senseless. I feel so bad for the families," said Captain Steve Jones.

Police say this incident should act as a warning for anyone thinking about driving recklessly.

"Something that happened in the spur of the moment. Not thinking and it's over just that fast. I can't express enough sympathy for the families this time of the year," said Jones.

Thomas says the victims were very involved in the community.

"We raised up a lot of money and toys and stuff to give away this Saturday that just passed to the kids less fortunate of the community."

The Thomas County Sheriff's Office and Georgia State Patrol are still looking for the other vehicle involved in this incident.

If you have any information about the crash, call the Georgia State Patrol or the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

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