Area youth faces charges in death of Levi Knop
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A Thomasville teenager was allegedly driving in excess of 90 miles per hour when she crashed into Grady County resident Levi Knop in south Grady County earlier this year.
Knop, 18, was killed in the accident, which took place on U.S. 319 the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 29, as both were driving to school. Anna Marie McBride, also 18, turned herself in at the Grady County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday morning, April 18, a day after she was charged with 1st degree homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, and following too closely.
District Attorney Joe Mulholland said Tuesday, “It is alleged she was going over 25 miles per hour over the speed limit.” The speed limit in the area where the accident occurred is 65 mph, Mulholland confirmed.
Due to the alleged reckless driving, Mulholland said he felt comfortable going with 1st degree homicide by vehicle, which in Georgia is a felony and applies to suspects driving recklessly.
A team with the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team investigated the accident and conferred with Mulholland on the charges last week. The prosecutor said if he receives the case file in time, he plans to present the case to a Grady County Grand Jury on May 23. That panel would determine if the case should proceed to trial.
SFC John VanLandingham, post commander of the GSP’s Thomasville office, states that the SCRT investigators can use a vehicle’s computer to determine its speed and even the position of its steering wheel at the time of an accident. SFC VanLandingham said the trooper who worked the accident, Nick Johnson, and the SCRT investigators had been in close contact with Mulholland about the case.
McBride slammed into the back of Knop’s 2013 Dodge Ram with her 2014 Volkswagon as they both drove north in the left lane of 319 about 7:45 a.m. Jan. 29. Knop’s truck ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree in the median. He was a Thomasville High School senior in the Scholars Academy and son of Joy and Marshall Knop, of Grady County.
McBride was a student at Brookwood School in Thomasville. She was released from custody after posting bail Thursday.