Franklin Co. Grand Jury Indicts Canon Man in Fatal Wreck

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

A Canon man, allegedly responsible for a wreck that killed two people and injured a third last April, has been indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury.

The Grand Jury found there was enough evidence to indict James Thomas Dickson on multiple counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, two counts of serious injury by vehicle, possession of Schedule IV controlled substances, driving under the influence of controlled substances, DUI less safe drugs, DUI per se, DUI less safe alcohol and driving on the wrong side of the road.

According to the Georgia State Patrol’s accident investigation team, Dickson was driving north on Georgia Highway 17 from Royston about 3 p.m. on April 16 when he allegedly crossed the center line and struck a pick up that was pulling a trailer traveling southbound head-on.

Investigators said Dickson’s car then spun around and hit a second pick up behind the first one, causing that driver to lose control, skid across the northbound lane and down a 30-ft embankment.

That driver, identified as 43-year old Joey Hart of Hull, GA, died at the scene.

A passenger in the first pick-up, identified as 77-year old Bobby Bland of Reidsville, died later at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

His wife, 80-year old Julia Sikes Powell, underwent surgery at AnMed Medical Center in Anderson and was later released.

According to the indictment, Dickson was under the influence of a myriad of prescription drugs. In addition, authorities said that blood tests revealed marijuana and alcohol were also in his bloodstream at the time of the accident.

Dickson remains in the Franklin County Detention Center without bond.