Columbus teen killed in weekend crash

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A Columbus teen has passed away after a weekend car crash.

Police say 17-year-old Grant Laverty was the passenger in a car that was involved in a deadly accident on the city's north side.

It happened on Mobley Road in between River Road and Whitesville Road Saturday night around 9 PM.

Eighteen-year-old Steven Cody says he was driving down Mobley Road when he saw a Honda Civic coming towards him traveling at a high rate of speed before it entered his lane and struck his front bumper.

Passengers in Cody's car say they saw two men get out of the Civic and run away but inside, officers found Laverty unconscious and used the Jaws of Life to get him out of the car and take him to the hospital.

A short time later, the driver of the Civic, 19-year-old Chad Starling, showed up at the Medical Center complaining of injuries and reported to police that he did not recall any events of the accident. Reports indicate a breath alcohol test on Starling yielded a result of .00.

At the scene, officers measured close to 300 feet of skid marks from Starling's car.

Members of the Columbus Police Department's Motor Squad are investigating the accident. They could not confirm at this point in their investigation whether or not speed played a factor in the accident.

Laverty was pronounced dead at 8:50 Monday morning at the Medical Center as a result of his injuries.

Lieutenant Mark D. Starling who heads up the Columbus Police Department's Motor Squad tells News Leader 9 no charges have been filed in the accident. Charges are pending the outcome of their investigation, according to the lieutenant.

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