Phillip Harrison and Kirk Hamilton Suspected in Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident on Elk Mountain Road
LOCATION: Lake County
DATE OF COLLISION: Monday, November 19th
December 20, 2018 – The suspects in the deadly pedestrian accident last month on Elk Mountain Road have been identified as 35-year-old Phillip Harrison and 48-year-old Kirk Hamilton.
According to the Press Democrat, Harrison and Hamilton worked together to cover-up the real circumstances that left 57-year-old James Jobe Carpenter dead.
On November 19, Monday, Harrison was driving a water truck and delivering a load of water to a private residence on Elk Mountain Road. The driver was reportedly met in the area by Carpenter and 30-year-old Jayson Malson. For reasons still under investigation, Harrison lost control of his water truck and struck Carpenter, along with Malson’s Subaru.
Deadly Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident in Lake County, November 19
The collision resulted in fatal injuries to Carpenter, who was sadly pronounced dead at the location.
Following the incident, Harrison contacted his friend Hamilton then they both conspired to cover up the fact that Harrison had struck Carpenter. Investigators believed Hamilton and Harrison worked together to destroy evidence from the collision, and Hamilton repeatedly visited witnesses, threatening to harm them if they came forward with their knowledge of the collision.
As per the article, the two suspects were arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter, conspiracy and concealing evidence. Both parties are held in Lake County jail.
Authorities continue to investigate the case.
We offer our warmest of thoughts, our prayers, and condolences to the family members of the deceased as they search for peace and comfort.