published Friday, March 4th, 2011

Chattanooga: Jurors deliberating on hit-and-run fatality

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    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 /Chattanooga 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.

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MandyBlack said...

This man is the bullet out of the gun. The manager that allowed and promoted employees drinking at the business is still working for that company at a different location. He should never be allowed to work for a company that sells drinks or the orgional company. He should not be protected because his parents own the two locations. Look for the person that loaded the gun and allowed it to fire.

March 4, 2011 at 1:05 p.m.
nurseforjustice said...

Mandy, I don't disagree with the fact that the person who supplied the drinks should bear some of the blame, however, this man needs to just take responsibility for what he did and own up to it. He deserves to go to jail for many years.

March 4, 2011 at 3:08 p.m.
MandyBlack said...

And I do not disagree with you. I just hope the legal system "forget" the rest of the people involved.

March 4, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.
Wildman67 said...

From what I know is that CBC did settle with the lawsuit against them filed Mr. Wood sometime before November's trial. In essence the CBC was guilty by settling the lawsuit. The best way to hurt the CBC is by not going in there period.

I knew Mrs. Wood and Mr Wood from high school and she will be missed. I don't think that the Wood or Berry families should forgive the CBC and the Lane family. I know for a fact that Lane is the top of my crap list.

March 4, 2011 at 5:07 p.m.
MandyBlack said...

"As sad as it is, why is this case so notable? People get killed by drunk drivers every day. What is so special about a dead mother of two? Oh wait, that's right, the corpse is a woman and its white." This happened here and it has nothing to do with race or the fact it was a woman. Plus you have NO reason to bring up race. The Race of a person would not have caused any changes in my post. My comment is aimed at the manager that allowed this to happen. The owners of CBC cant be on the job 24/7 they pay the manager to protect their interest(all service companys do). The manager they had allowed Lane to drink and leave drunk. He locked the doors that morning knowing Lanes condition,

March 4, 2011 at 5:58 p.m.
fftspam said...

Why is there always the shifting of personal responsibility? You do something stupid and want to point the finger? Cause in point... DARK morning. Person in DARK clothing. JAYWALKING and gets hit. And everyone blames the driver. So she has no accountability? She has no fault in the incident? Maybe if the woman... who was jaywalking in the dark... would have been paying attention... she might not have been hit. Sorry. That is the truth. When I am crossing a street... I look. It takes two to a have collision and one to avoid it. Period. Had she been vigilant she would not have been hit. When I cross a street in the dark I keep my head turned toward traffic. Why did she not have situational awareness? When I cross a street.. I can spot a car coming at me.

April 3, 2011 at 4:02 a.m.
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