No felony charges in H.E.A.T. fatal crash

October 25, 2007

Albany -- The Candler County District Attorney will not file felony charges against a Dougherty County Police officer involved in a fatal car crash in April, but he forwarded the case to the County's Solicitor General for possible misdemeanor charges.

Dougherty County HEAT officer Jeremiah Finn hit the back of a U-Haul trailer being towed by a Toyota S-U-V on I-16 near Metter April 3rd. The S-U-V flipped, killing 33-year old Milton Wilcox and injuring his father 57-year old William Wilcox.

Officer Finn told investigators he looked down to adjust his computer and C-D player just before the crash. He remains on administrative duty.

Candler D-A Steve Askew said he found no evidence to support felony charges.

William Wilcox is just learning to walk again after being bed-ridden for months. His family's attorney is waiting to see police reports before deciding whether to file a lawsuit.