Chattanooga: Jurors deliberating on hit-and-run fatality

Chattanooga: Jurors deliberating on hit-and-run fatality

March 4th, 2011 by Todd South in Local Regional News

Staff photo by Jake Daniels/Chattanooga Times Free Press Jeremy Lane {CQ}, right, looks toward the jury as they are dismissed to decide a verdict in his case Friday morning. To his right is defense attorney Dan Ripper {CQ}. Lane is accused of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence in the 2009 death of Susan Wood.

Photo by Jake Daniels/Times Free Press.

Jurors are deliberating today on the case of a 26-year-old man who police and prosecutors said hit a woman with his car and left her to die in December 2009.

The jury of nine women and four men heard three days of testimony about the charges against Jeremy Allen Lane. The case is in Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole's courtroom.

Lane faced charges of vehicular homicide, DUI, filing a false report and leaving the scene of an accident. On Tuesday, moments after the jury was seated, Lane's attorney, Dan Ripper, entered guilty pleas for him on the lesser charges of filing a false report and leaving the scene of an accident.

Witnesses testified that Lane left the Chattanooga Billiard Club at about 7 a.m. on Dec. 23, 2009. As he drove toward the North Shore, he allegedly struck Susan Wood at the intersection of Walnut and Fourth streets as she was walking to work at Unum, according to testimony. Wood, a 42-year-old mother of two, died later that day.

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.