Car dealer, grandson dead in Carroll plane crash
by Wes Mayer
The two people who lost their lives in a small plane crash in Carroll County Sunday have been identified.
The pilot was Richard Michael Haney Sr., 70, who was well-known in Carroll County for the Ford dealership named after him. Haney’s grandson, Jeffrey Haney, 9, also lost his life, according to the Times-Georgian.
The wreckage of Haney’s small and amateur-built plane was discovered in a wooded area near Carrollton, and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident, according to the Associated Press. So far, it has been determined the plane struck a tree, which caused the engine and propeller to break off.
The plane was destroyed by a fire and was a total loss upon impact, Captain Jeff Richard with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office told the Times-Georgian. Initially, only one passenger was confirmed to have died, but authorities later discovered the second passenger.
Haney bought the Carrollton Ford dealership in 1969 and was its dealer for 30 years. He was a member of Rotary Club, was on The Salvation Army board, and he was a member of the Carrollton EAA – Experimental Aircraft Association – chapter. Haney was also a 47-year member and deacon with Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church followed by burial at West Georgia Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, and the family has also asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church.