Chattanooga man pleads guilty to two lesser charges in DUI case; jury will decide on 2 more serious charges

Chattanooga man pleads guilty to two lesser charges in DUI case; jury will decide on 2 more serious charges

March 1st, 2011 by Todd South in Local - Breaking News

Jeremy Lane reenters the courtroom after a short recess Tuesday. The grand jury trial of Lanes, who is accused of vehicular homicide in the 2009 death of Susan Wood, a Unum employee, began Tuesday afternoon with opening statements and the testimonies of the first witnesses for the state.

Photo by Jake Daniels/Times Free Press.

A 26-year-old man admitted in criminal court Tuesday that he left the scene of a crash that killed a woman in 2009 and lied to police about the incident but denied being intoxicated at the time.

Jeremy Allen Lane, 26, pleaded guilty to two of the four counts against him in the opening minutes of his trial before Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole.

The jury will decide whether Lane is guilty of the remaining charges - DUI and vehicular homicide.

Lane is accused of hitting and killing a 42-year-old UNUM employee with his car days before Christmas 2009. Lane is being tried on charges of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, false reports and driving under the influence.

Susan Wood, a mother of two, was struck while walking to work at Walnut and Fourth streets at 7 a.m. on Dec. 23, 2009. Wood died later that day.

Soon after Wood's injury, police responded to a carjacking call from Lane at Riverview Grande Apartments off Dallas Road. Police later charged him with false reports for the call.

Lane was employed at the Chattanooga Billiard Club and was driving home after his shift at the time of the accident, according to police.

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.