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Posted: January 29, 2013 8:58 p.m.

Status hearing in Crowe case Friday

A little over a year following the deadly crash that claimed the life of 56-year-old Allison M. Bell in 2012, and the teen charged with her death is scheduled to have a status hearing in the courtroom of Eugene Benton Friday.

McKenzie Farrow Crowe pleaded not guilty to the charges of vehicular homicide, DUI and failure to maintain lane in October. The charges against her stem from a deadly accident that occurred Jan. 28, 2012 on Cook Road. According to a statement released by Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright just after the accident, a 2003 Ford Ranger driven by Crowe, then 18 years old, crossed the center line and hit Bell’s vehicle head-on. Crowe was airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta where she was treated and released.

The accident report also stated that Crowe was trapped and had to be extricated from her vehicle and that her condition at the time of the crash was listed as “under the influence of medication/drugs/alcohol.” The report also said that the victim did not have a valid license at the time of the accident, nor was she wearing her seatbelt. Bell was partially ejected from her vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene.

Crowe turned herself in at the Newton County Jail in May 2012 and bonded out shortly thereafter. The status hearing is expected to last several hours, according to Chief Assistant District Attorney Melanie Bell. Sixteen witnesses are expected to testify, many of them from GSP, as well as some from emergency services, Grady Hospital and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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