published Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Chattanooga: Driver never braked in hit-and-run crash, officer testifies

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    Jeremy Lane reenters the courtroom after a short recess Tuesday. Lane pleaded guilty to giving a false report and leaving the scene of an accident on Tuesday.
    Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A traffic reconstructor testified in Hamilton County Criminal Court this morning he found it unusual that the driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash in 2009 never braked his car.

“That leads me to two conclusions. One, this was an intentional act. Two, this was an action by someone unable to react or too impaired to react,” Chattanooga police Officer Joe Warren testified.

Warren reconstucted and tested reaction times in the department’s investigation of a Dec 23, 2009, hit-and-run crash that killed Susan Wood, a mother of two.

District Attorney General Bill Cox walked through Warren’s investigation during the third day of a vehicular homicide trial against Jeremy Allen Lane, 26.

Lane pleaded guilty to giving a false report and leaving the scene of an accident on Tuesday.

He is being tried on the remaining two counts of his indictment — DUI and vehicular homicide.

Cox and Assistant District Attorney Neal Pinkston allege Lane left his work at the Chattanooga Billard Club at about 7 a.m. on Dec. 23 following a four-hour party after work at the club, where employees drank alcohol.

While driving toward the North Shore, prosecutors allege Lane hit Wood with his car at the intersection of Walnut and Fourth streets as she walked to work at Unum.

Wood died from injuries in the crash that day.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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