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Grand Jury to weigh Waffle House wreck charges

Washington Road was teeming with traffic once again, and the Waffle House wall had been partially repaired as members of the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team were on hand last Wednesday to investigate the accident that took place there the on Sept. 7.

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Trooper David Lunsford takes measurements at the scene.

Late last week there was little else visible from when 18-year-old Keisha Lashell Askew of Crawfordville lost control of her vehicle and drove deep into the building, injuring two and fatally wounding waitress Teresa Carlisle.

Charges against Ms. Askew will be decided in December by the Grand Jury, according to District Attorney Dennis Sanders. The SCRT team will be on hand to present their findings.

"We're going to bring the SCRT team people in there and say 'This is it, and these are the possibles. ... If you want to indict what do you think is appropriate here,'" Mr. Sanders said.

The SCRT members slowly and methodically conducted their preliminary investigation, one that follows fatal prosecutable wrecks.

Members of the team spent all of Sept. 15 either on the scene or inspecting the vehicle involved in the crash.

"All we basically do is investigate and gather all the evidence," said Sergeant Dean Allen, the head of the unit investigating the crash.

The information gathered while measuring, photographing and inspecting the scene as well as the vehicle will be compiled into a booklet that will probably be nearly three inches thick, according to Sgt. Dean.

The team will also gather weather reports from the day of the accident and check for possible recalls on the car that could have affected driver performance. All of that information will be included in their report.

SCRT will spend the next six to eight months compiling all the information and constructing models used for visualizing the accident. All of their findings can also be used in court if the Grand Jury decides to indict Ms. Askew.



Web posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004


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