A former Columbus politician and his wife died this weekend when their car was broad-sided after pulling into oncoming traffic.
According to witnesses, Walter Clardy, 85, and his wife, 87-year-old Dorothy Clardy, were reportedly leaving Bojangles Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits when their gold Chevrolet Cavalier turned in front of a blue Chrysler Town and Country minivan driven by Maxine Carter of Brooksville. Also in the Cavalier were Harold and Anna Strickland, a married couple from Georgia. Maxine Carter’s daughter, Patricia Carter, was riding in the front passenger seat of the minivan.
Immediately after the collision, witness Barry and Karen Crawford attempted to give CPR to Dorothy Clardy until rescue personnel arrived on scene. She was immediately transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle via ambulance. Harold and Anna Strickland were also taken to the hospital in one of the four ambulances on scene while Columbus firefighters worked to get Walter Clardy out of the wreckage by cutting off the top of the vehicle. Dorothy Clardy was pronounced dead at BMH, with her husband dying an hour later.
Maxine and Patricia Carter were also taken to BMH-GT, where both were treated and released.
Maxine Carter is a longtime dietician with Central Academy in Macon. Patricia Carter worked at Auto Zone in Columbus before transferring to the Auto Zone location in Noxubee County.
Walter and Dorothy Clardy were lifelong residents of Caledonia and members of Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church. They owned and operated Clardy Well Drilling. In addition to the family business, Walter Clardy served as District One Supervisor from 1981-1985.
They are survived by their children, Larry, Bobby and Don Clardy.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church.