Two teenage girls were killed late Saturday when their car was sideswiped by a Georgia State Patrol trooper in west Georgia.
The crash occurred at 11:35 p.m. Saturday as the teens’ 2005 Nissan Sentra was travelling south on U.S. Highway 27 near Bremen in Carroll County. The trooper, identified as Anthony J. Scott, was travelling north on U.S. 27 in a 20144 Dodge Charger patrol car when the teen’s vehicle turned in front of him and he struck the right side of the Nissan as it tried to turn onto Holly Springs Road.
The impact from the crash forced both vehicles off the road.
The two girls, who were passengers in the Nissan, were identified as Kylie Hope Lindsey, 17, of Dallas, and Isabella Alise Chinchilla, 16, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Two male teenagers — Dillon Lewis Wall, 18, and Benjamin Alan Finken, 17, both of Douglasville — were in the Nissan and were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with injuries, according to GSP spokesman Capt. Mark Perry.
Wall was driving, Perry said.
Scott, who became a trooper in 2012, was on patrol but was not answering a call and did not have emergency lights on at the time of the crash, Perry said.
Scott sustained minor injuries and was released from Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton. Perry said the crash is still under investigation by the patrol, but preliminary findings show the Nissan failed to yield when it turned into the path of the patrol car.
Both girls were sitting in the back seat. Lindsey was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, according to Perry. No charges have been filed in the crash and there’s no evidence that alcohol was a factor, Perry said.
He said investigators as early as Monday may know how fast the vehicles were travelling at the time of the crash.