published Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Waitress says she smoked pot with defendant before fatal hit-and-run

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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 cocktail waitress testified today that, in the hours before a fatal hit-and-run, she smoked marijuana and drank beer with the defendant.

Jessica Williams testified that she, defendant Jeremy Allen Lane and another employee of the Chattanooga Billiard Club smoked pot in the club the morning of the fatal accident.

Lane is accused of running over 42-year-old Susan Wood on Dec. 23., 2009 as she was going to her job at Unum downtown.

Lane, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaving the scene of an accident and filing a false report. He is being tried on the remaining two counts of his indictment — DUI and vehicular homicide.

Authorities say Lane left his work at the Chattanooga Billiard Club about 7 a.m., following an after-hours party at the club in which employees drank alcohol.

While driving toward North Shore, prosecutors allege, Lane hit Wood with his car at the intersection of Walnut and Fourth streets as the mother of two was walking to work.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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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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