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Charges filed after VSU student death

Michael Laslie Michael Laslie
The intersection of North Patterson and East College Street where the accident happened The intersection of North Patterson and East College Street where the accident happened
A sign hanging over the intersection at Patterson and College street reminding drivers to yield to pedestrians A sign hanging over the intersection at Patterson and College street reminding drivers to yield to pedestrians
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A warrant was issued yesterday for Michael Laslie, for Homicide by Vehicle in the 2nd Degree, following the death of Elizabeth Lohmar. She was struck in a crosswalk by Laslie's vehicle on February 5.

The Homicide by Vehicle charge is a misdemeanor.

"He was charged with that based off the discussion with our traffic unit, the totality of circumstances, based on the review of the accident. It's a misdemeanor charge, which means a judge can sentence him up to a maximum of a year," said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.

Laslie turned himself in at the Lowndes County Jail this morning, and then posted a bond to be released shortly after 12 p.m.

Here is background info on the case, from the Valdosta Police Dept. 

On February 5, 2014 at approximately 12:37 PM the Valdosta Police Department responded to a traffic accident at the intersection of N. Patterson Street and E. College Street involving a motorist striking a pedestrian.

According to the officers on scene, a white female, 21 years of age, was crossing in the crosswalk with the proper pedestrian light, and was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado, which was turning south on N. Patterson Street.

The Silverado was being driven by Michael Laslie, 21 years of age, Valdosta resident. Laslie is being charged with Failure to Yield to Pedestrian in a Crosswalk. The victim, whose name is not being released pending contact with family, was transported to the SGMC ER, and is believed to have multiple broken bones and possible head trauma.  

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.

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