Family of victim in fatal car crash upset no arrest made - FOX 13 News

Family of victim in fatal car crash upset no arrest made

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Jean Laltrello was killed in a car crash on State Route 101. Jean Laltrello was killed in a car crash on State Route 101.

The family of a woman killed two months ago in a car crash is pleading for justice. They're worried because the driver police say caused the crash still has not been arrested.

Loved ones say that Jean Laltrello's zest for life and her love of family and volunteering made her a special woman.

"Seventy by age, but definitely much younger at heart. She probably had more energy than any of us," said Laltrello's granddaughter, Savannah Wall.

Laltrello's death in a crash on State Route 101 in Carroll County two months ago shattered her family. But the closer they looked at the accident and the incredible damage to her car, that grief turned to anger.

"What we discovered was appalling and frightening," said Dawn Fernander, Laltrello's daughter.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the crash was caused by the driver of a pickup truck who investigators say clipped another truck, went airborne and landed on top of Laltrello's car on the other side of a two-lane road.

Court records show that the 24-year-old driver has had about a dozen arrests or citations in the last several years, for things such as speeding and reckless driving.

"How did this happen? How did he have a license to kill? How was he returned to the same driving stature over and over and over," Fernander said.

Investigators don't seem to be taking that history into account with this crash.

Sources told FOX 5's Chris Shaw that when the driver is charged, it will likely not be with a felony, but instead, a misdemeanor vehicular homicide count because the driver was not drunk and, in the eyes of investigators, he was not reckless in the crash.

"It's painful, but I hope somehow it matters to someone else's family," Fernander said.

Laltrello's family has asked the Carroll County district attorney to step in and file felony charges in her death.

The attorney for the pickup truck driver told FOX 5 that the facts in the case appear to show the crash was a tragic accident, and that his client was not driving recklessly.

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