Charges have yet to be brought against Eastside High School senior McKenzie Crowe in the Saturday morning accident that took the life of 56-year-old Alison (Bell) Campbell, but according to a spokesman from the Georgia State Patrol, they are still pending.
Campbell was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer down Cook Road around 2:48 a.m. Saturday when GSP spokesman Gordy Wright said a 2003 Ford Ranger driven by Crowe crossed the center line and hit Campbell’s vehicle head-on.
Crowe was airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta where she was treated and released. According to Wright, “Alcohol is suspected and blood was drawn from Ms. Crowe for analysis.”
The GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is currently working the follow-up investigation while they await test results from Crowe’s toxicology sample. Once complete, the final report will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office for a decision on charges.
Although Crowe is currently enrolled at EHS, according to the Newton County School System’s handbook for high school students, she will likely not be able to return to school.
Rule 84 — Conduct outside of school hours or school activities — states, “a student who has committed any act off campus which is prohibited by the Georgia Criminal Code and is punishable as a felony or would be punishable as a felony if committed by an adult (regardless of whether the student has been arrested, charged, or convicted with a crime) and whose presence at school is reasonably certain to endanger other students, staff or the student or cause substantial disruption in the educational climate may be disciplined or excluded from school. (HB 1190)”
It is unclear how long it might take for charges to be brought against Crowe.
Campbell’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday in McDonough.