published Friday, March 4th, 2011

Chattanooga: Lane guilty in 2009 fatal hit-and-run, jury finds

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    Staff photo by Jake Daniels/Chattanooga Times Free Press -- Mar 4, 2011 Jeremy Lane listens to the foreman of the jury read out the verdicts in his trial Friday afternoon. The jury returned three guilty verdicts and one not guilty decision in Lane's case, who was accused of vehicular homicide in the December 2009 death of Susan Wood.

Jurors found a 26-year-old man who hit a woman with his car and left her to die guilty of vehicular homicide this afternoon.

Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole will sentence Jeremy Allen Lane in coming weeks.

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

During the three-day trial, witnesses testified that Lane left the Chattanooga Billiard Club at about 7 a.m. Dec. 23, 2009. As he drove toward the North Shore, he 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.

Police said Lane never hit his brakes or swerved but instead kept driving.

Witnesses testified they thought Lane had been drinking. One co-worker said she’d smoked marijuana with Lane hours before the fatal collision. Another said she was talking on a cell phone with Lane when he said, “Oh my God, I think I just hit someone.”

Lane stashed his battered red 1995 Nissan 240SX at the Riverview Grande apartments and then called 911 with a false story about being carjacked.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga 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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Wildman67 said...

At least justice is service to some extent. 3 out of 4 count, he is found guilty of. I am glad that Matt is happy with the verdict and so can the rest of his family and friends.

March 4, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.
joepulitzer said...

You've been listening to too much Rap music, Funkenstein.

March 4, 2011 at 5:41 p.m.
MandyBlack said...

Funk you flunked.

March 4, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.
jpo3136 said...

The story doesn't tell us what the guilty and innocent verdicts were for which charges. It's significant. Please revise. Thanks.

March 4, 2011 at 7:01 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Funkenidiot, ignorant posts like yours make it difficult to argue with the racist pigs. They point to stupidity like your post and say things like "it's not that the victim being white is unusual, it's that the perp is."

March 4, 2011 at 10:44 p.m.
joyrpatton said...

I wonder what the options are in regards to the sentence? Those poor kiddos were sentenced to life without a mother......

March 4, 2011 at 11:09 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 4:04 a.m.
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