No charges have been brought against the officer pending a Georgia State Patrol investigation.
An on-duty Georgia State Patrol trooper was driving 91mph in a 55mph zone just five seconds before slamming into another vehicle, killing two teenage girls, Kylie Lindsay, 17 and Isabella Chinchilla, 16.
Trooper Anthony J Scott struck the 2005 Nissan Sentra – carrying Lindsey, Chincilla, Dillon Lewis Wall, 18, and Benjamin Alan Finken, 17 – when their car was attempting a turn from US 27 onto Holly Springs Road in Carroll County, investigators said.
Trooper Anthony J Scott was fired after it was determined that he slowed from 91mph to 68mph just before the crash that killed 17-year-old Kylie Lindsey and 16-year-old Isabella Chinchilla, of Paulding County, on September 26. No charges have been brought against the officer pending a Georgia State Patrol investigation. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether a grand jury should even consider bringing any charges.
Authorities say that Scott was on patrol, but was not answering a call or running the car’s emergency lights or siren when he slammed into the back of the Nissan at about 11.30pm.
‘At the time of the wreck, he was on no kind of emergency call, en route to no accident, not trying to stop a vehicle,’ Capt. Mark Perry told WSB-TV. ‘Turns out he was running at a high rate of speed through this intersection in a territory that’s he’s familiar with and should have known the dangers that potentially exist.’
It took the department six days to arrive at a decision that resulted in Scott’s dismissal.
He had been with Georgia State Patrol since 2011, new information has come to light that suggests he was a repeat offender. He had been responsible for two crashes prior to the tragic accident on Saturday.
Captain Mark Perry, Scott’s superior, commented that the prior instances did not have anything to do with speed and/or reckless driving; however, “misjudged clearance” was what caused the accidents.
He received a verbal warning for the first one and a letter of instruction for the subsequent incident.
Lindsey’s family’s attorney released a statement about the crash.
‘First, the Lindsey Family would like to thank the community for the outpouring support for both Kylie and Isabella following this tragedy. They would also ask for the continued prayers for the two victims still recovering.
‘The Georgia State Patrol reached out to Kylie’s family and informed them of the findings of their investigation, and they were even more devastated with the news that this senseless accident and loss was preventable.
As you can imagine, the family was shocked at the conclusions released by the Georgia State Patrol, and look forward to working with the Carroll County District Attorney’s Office as they continue to investigate the crash.
‘In the interim, we would ask that everyone respect the privacy of the Lindsey Family and allow them to mourn the loss of Kylie.’