Family gives testimony in fatal crash investigation

Published: Sep. 16, 2014 at 10:59 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2014 at 11:00 PM EDT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's been almost 14 months since Sgt. Alan Nabors was killed in a crash on Cordele Road.

His mother came from Texas to meet with prosecutors and lawyers.

Glenda Felkner gave depositions in a civil lawsuit and met with prosecutors about the criminal case related to her son's death. She said the long legal process has made her loss even harder.

Glenda Felkner said she is very proud of her son, 26 year old Sgt. Alan Nabors.

"Super intelligent kid. Had a very high IQ, and he chooses to serve his country," said Felkner.

Nabors was killed June 30, 2013 when his motorcycle collided with a tractor trailer on Cordele Road. The truck driver, Brent Cannon, was charged with vehicular homicide in the second degree.

In their lawsuit, Nabors' family said the trucker was negligent, turning into a truck stop at the same time another truck was pulling out.

"He would clearly saw somebody coming if he'd have just waited his turn," said Felkner.

She said she has not been able to get on with her grieving because of the long wait for these cases to be resolved.

"I need this put to rest," said Felkner. "I need justice for my son. That's really what I want, is justice for Alan."

"The insurance company, their lawyers can drags things out," said Attorney Robert Beauchamp. "And unfortunately for us the District Attorney's office is busy too. And so she's had to wait all this time to try to get this over with and behind them, so they can move forward."

Felkner said the support of the Marines her son served with has helped, but she still can't get closure.

"I hope that they just get the case over with. For the most part I just want it so there is some vindication for Alan," said Felkner.

Felkner returned home to Texas Tuesday, hopeful that the civil and criminal cases surrounding her son's death will be resolved soon.

The District Attorney says the criminal case against Brent Cannon is proceeding, but there is no date set for a trial on the misdemeanor charge.

Cannon's attorney said they are sympathetic about the tragedy, but he claims his investigation showed Cannon did not cause the fatal crash.

"There were eyewitnesses to the accident. We've had the opportunity to review surveillance video that captured a great deal of the driving prior to the accident," said attorney Mark Pickett.

Pickett says Cannon is a third generation trucker who is still driving as they wait for the case to be heard. But no date has been set for the lawsuit to be heard.

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