Winder Woman Sentenced To 16 Years Prison, 14 Years Probation For 2016 Wreck

Clayton (PRESS RELEASE) - As of September 24, 2019, Kymbalee Ann Phillips, age 30 of Winder Georgia, was sentenced today by Rabun Superior Court Judge B. Chan Caudell to serve 16 years in prison followed by 14 years on probation. On Friday, a jury convicted Phillips of two counts of 1st-degree Vehicular Homicide by Reckless Driving and two counts of Serious  Injury by Vehicle through Reckless Driving.

Phillips was convicted in connection with the October 18th, 2016, car crash on 441 at East Wolf Creek Road that resulted in the deaths of Matthew Hester, age 23, and Sarah Bradshaw, age 24. Both were residents of Rabun County. The wreck also resulted in serious injuries to Jonathan Hester of Habersham County and Kimberly Paige Rohletter of Westminster, South Carolina.

At the sentencing hearing, the court heard testimony from the victim’s and defendant’s families as well as other evidence in aggravation and mitigation presented by the State and the Defense.

Assistant District Attorney Rosanna Szabo and Assistant District Attorney Anthony Pickett presented the case on behalf of the State.


ORIGINAL STORY: Kymbalee Ann Phillips, age 30, was convicted of two counts of Homicide by Vehicle in the 1st degree, two counts of Homicide by vehicle in the 2nd Degree, two counts of Serious Injury by Vehicle, and Reckless Driving on Septemeber 20th, 2019. Ms. Phillips was acquitted of several other counts related to Driving Under the Influence.

The jury began on Monday, September 16th in the Rabun County Superior Court. The jury heard almost three days of evidence from eyewitnesses and experts prior to the start of deliberations. After approximately 6 hours of deliberating, they returned their verdicts of guilty. 

The Honorable B. Chan Caudell, one of two judges for the Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Courts, presided over the jury trial.

Pillips was convicted in connection with the October 18th, 2016, car wreck at GA 15/Hwy 441 and East Wold Creek Road that resulted in the deaths of Matthew Hester and Sarah Bradshaw. Both were residents of Rabun County. The wreck also resulted in the serious injury of two other victims who testified during the trial.

The Georgia State Patrol investigated the case and assisted by the members of the affiliated Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team. Toxicologists from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations also assisted by providing forensic analysis of blood samples and by a medical examiner with the GBI conducted the autopsies.

Witnesses from the State included the surviving victims, family members of the deceased victims, paramedics who responded to the scene, law enforcement officers with the Georgia State Patrol, a GBI toxicologist, and others. The Defense put up several of their own witnesses.

Assistant District Attorney Rosanna Szabo and Assistant District Attorney Anthony Pickett presented the case on behalf of the State.

Sentencing will be held on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Rabun County Courthouse before the Honorable B. Chan Caudell.