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2 Dead in Collision on Mike Padgett Highway, Including Waynesboro Driver

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Two drivers were killed in a fiery collision Friday night on Mike Padgett Highway in Hephzibah, including a Waynesboro father.

Richard Faber, 30, was traveling southbound on the 5200 block of Mike Padgett Highway around 9:20 p.m. Friday when the wreck occurred.

“A vehicle traveling northbound on Mike Padgett Highway swerved into the southbound lane striking (Faber),” Coroner Mark Bowen said in a press release. “The northbound vehicle caught on fire. Faber and the driver of the northbound vehicle were pronounced dead on the scene.”

The driver of the at-fault vehicle has not been positively identified and will require autopsy, the coroner said.

Faber was remembered online by his sister, Amber Faber, with this post:

“I got a call early this morning that broke my heart into a million pieces. My baby brother was killed  in a head on collision because someone crossed the yellow line. He was only 30 years old, had a wonderful wife that will miss every day,  a 6 year old boy that is going to miss his daddy. My brother had so much love in his heart and the best man you could ever meet. I wish I could have hugged him tighter the last time I saw him. He will be truly missed by many. I love you brother and I will see you again someday.”

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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