(Columbus, GA)- The Columbus Police Department is charging the driver involved in the fatal accident that claimed the life of an undercover officer.
According to multiple sources, the 74 year old driver who collided with the truck of the Metro Unit's Corporal Keith Slay is being charged with 2nd degree Homicide by Vehicle, a misdemeanor and failure to yield.
The incident occurred on the afternoon of July 30th on Veterans Parkway when two unmarked SUV's were reportedly responding to a back up call during a Meth lab investigation at Flat Rock Park.
The investigation revealed Corporal Slay, who was traveling in the emergency lane, was speeding at the time his truck collided with the other driver who was turning left when the accident occurred. Shortly after the accident, NBC 38 contacted the lone witness listed on the preliminary police report, Elizabeth Schroeder, a nurse from Norcross, GA.
Schroeder reported the officers were "weaving in and out of traffic" at a high rate of speed.
Reached by telephone today, the attorney representing the 74 year old driver , Mike Reynolds, also a former prosecutor said he is baffled by the charges, noting his client has a perfect driving record.
Police Chief Ricky Boren declined to comment until the case is resolved.
According to Georgia law, homicide by vehicle (2nd Degree) the misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail and up to a $1000 fine.
According to the Solicitor General's Office who is in charge of prosecuting misdemeanors, the charges were filed at the discretion of the Columbus Police department.
Corporal Slay was a 32 year Veteran of the force and the Department's only helicopter pilot.
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