Mustang "Drove Through A Red Light" In Fatal Crash

10:35 PM, Jun 23, 2010   |    comments
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Christa Scott posted $100,000 bond Monday. She's being charged in the drunk driving death of Jordan Griner, an intern for the governor's office.

ATLANTA -- A police report released Wednesday puts the blame for an accident that killed a Governor's intern, on the other driver. The report came out the same day intern Jordan Griner was buried in Augusta.

In another development in the case, Christa Scott, the woman accused of causing the crash will hold a news conference Thursday.

According to the incident report filed by Atlanta police officer T. S. Keller, "Jordan Griner was operating a Ford Mustang west bound on 17th Street approaching the intersection of West Peachtree Street."

"According to witnesses Griner had a green traffic signal to proceed through the intersection," Officer Keller wrote. "At the same time Christa Lei Scott was operating a Ford Mustang convertible north bound on West Peachtree Street when she disobeyed the traffic control device (red light) and struck the driver's side of Griner's vehicle."

In the report, a witness verified that account. The officer wrote "She (the witness) indicated she was heading north on W. Peachtree St. directly behind the Ford Mustang when it drove through the red light."

Christa Scott is charged with Homicide by Vehicle 1st Degree, Reckless Driving, DUI and Obedience to Traffic Control Device.

The report came out shortly after Scott's high-profile attorney announced his client and her family will hold a news conference Thursday afternoon. "The family just wants the Griner family to know how deeply sorry they are for their loss," said attorney David Wolfe.

Wolfe said his client's family came to him about making the statement and wanted to wait until after Jordan Griner's funeral.

Griner's funeral took place Wednesday in Augusta. Governor Sonny Perdue, for whom Griner had been an intern, could not attend the funeral because he was still in South America.

The Governor did write a commendation letter in Griner's name, which was read at the service. It was attended by several of Perdue's staffers and interns.

Wolfe said Scott graduated from East Coweta High School. She then graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Business Management Degree.

Scott worked at Door 44 as a waitress and was working the night of the accident, Wolfe said.

Scott's attorney said it would be premature to discuss his client's actions leading up to the accident. "Rather than go into those things at this point until I have an opportunity to examine the case, I don't want to make comments with regard to that," he said.

Wolfe said Scott and her family will read a statement at Thursday's press conference and will not answer questions about the case.

An attorney for the night club Door 44, which bills itself as "Atlanta's next evolution in nightlife," said he is conducting an investigation into what happened at the club.

Prominent First Amendment lawyer Alan Begner said he wants to find out if Scott was drinking. "Door 44 has always sought to be a good steward and not allow excessive drinking," Begner said. "If it did happen we want to make sure it doesn't happen again."

 

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