Officials released police dash cam video from a fatal crash involving a Georgia State Trooper that left two teenage girls dead.
The accident happened in Carroll County back in September of 2015 near the intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and Holly Springs Drive..
The crash occurred when the teens' 2005 Nissan made a left turn into the path of the Georgia State Patrol car.
Four teenagers were inside of the Nissan. Two of the teens, Isabella Chinchilla,16, and Kylie Lindsey, 17, died from injuries sustained in the crash. The other two teens were injured and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
The trooper, later identified as A.J. Scott, was treated and released. Based on the information gathered during the investigation, the Georgia Department of Public Safety terminated the employment of Scott in October of 2015 but a grand jury declined to indict the trooper of charges that included vehicular homicide.
Investigators say he was going more than 90 miles per hour seconds before the teens turned their vehicle into his path. Authorities said he was not responding to an emergency and his lights and sirens were not on.
"Had the trooper been driving slower, perhaps this accident could have been prevented," said Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Pete Skandalakis. "Had the car yielded the right of way perhaps the crash could have been avoided. How the design of the intersection comes into play, I don't know."
Brian Caron is the lawyer for Lindsey's family and said her parents want answers.
“He has to be held accountable for his actions," Caron said. "Driving 90 mph on a wet street at 11:30 at night is reckless.”
Larry Strickland, Lindsey's grandfather, said, "It’s not fair to the girls, it’s not fair to the families.”
CBS46 obtained Scott’s personnel file. He received good performance reviews early on. Under “accountability,” it reads, “accepts responsibility for self. Scott is polite and courteous when interacting with the general public and is very attentive at crash scenes.”
Scott was promoted to trooper first class in December 2013. In October 2014, however, Scott’s file revealed he was involved in a “preventable crash” during an emergency. His file read the crash “was your fault.” The October incident follows a “non-emergency crash,” also deemed “preventable” in June 2014.
Neighbors in the area say the intersection is very dangerous and that cars turning left can't see oncoming traffic. Some want officials to put a stop light at the intersection to make it safer.
CBS46 did some digging and found that the intersection has had 10 wrecks since 2012.
Matthew Richardson, the lawyer for the Chinchilla family, released the following statement: "Obviously, Isabella's family is disappointed that the grand jury chose not to indict Mr. Scott. We will continue to seek remedies for the family through the civil justice system."
The Carroll County District Attorney's Office released the following statement:"Following the actions of the Carroll County Grand Jury in declining to indict former Trooper Anthony J. Scott, the District Attorney has received numerous inquiries concerning the reasons for the Grand Jury's decisions."In addition to the officer's speed, the jury considered the fact that the teenage driver of the other vehicle failed to yield to oncoming traffic. On top of this, the physical conditions of the intersection contributed to this accident. The jurors considered the hazardous layout of the intersection and the fact there was no turn lane for southbound traffic. The grade of the intersection alone obstructed the view of both northbound and southbound drivers and, on the night of the collision, the height of the grass further blocked everyone's view."In conclusion, the jury, comprised of twenty Carroll County citizens, considered all of the evidence in deciding this case."
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