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Charges not likely for driver in fatal accident
Teen who struck, killed woman tried to swerve to avoid woman, trooper says
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Georgia State Patrol troopers do not expect to charge the teen driver of a car that struck and killed a 69-year-old woman Wednesday on East Hall Road.

Edgar Diaz-Martinez, 19, was negotiating a right curve as he traveled south toward Gillsville Highway when he spotted Syble Grindle in the roadway.

She was walking from the right side of the road across to the left shoulder, said trooper 1st Class Jesse Lewis. Diaz-Martinez swerved to avoid striking Grindle, but they ended up colliding, Lewis added.

"He tried to swerve to avoid her; of course, it was too late," Lewis said.

The teen's car as well as the accident victim were thrown off the left shoulder of East Hall Road and into a deep ravine.

Diaz-Martinez was treated at Northeast Georgia Medical Center for some cuts.

Grindle lived in a home near the accident scene.

"We have no idea. We don't know why she was walking across the roadway," Lewis said.

Speed was not an issue in the wreck, the officer said. He also did not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the cause of the wreck.

The accident shut down parts of East Hall Road for several hours as investigators and Hall County Fire Services worked to pull Grindle's body and the car wreckage from the scene.

Diaz-Martinez' four-door, silver 2001 Suzuki Esteem flipped a couple of times as it tumbled nearly 100 feet down the embankment, Lewis said. Grindle's body was found about another 50 feet lower than the car.

The teen was wearing his seat belt.

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