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Family of teen killed in crash thanks community

ATLANTA -- The family of one of the teens killed in a crash by a Georgia State Patrol trooper is thanking the entire metro Atlanta community for supporting them.

Attorney Brian Caron spoke on behalf of the family of Kylie Lindsey, 17, a senior at South Paulding High School.

Kylie and Isabella Chinchilla, 16, a sophomore at South Paulding High, were killed on September 26 on Highway 27 in Carroll County in the backseat of a vehicle with two teen boys in the front. Their vehicle was trying to make a left turn when it was hit by a speeding Georgia State Patrol car. A GSP incident report said the patrol car was going 90 miles per hour before the crash.

"It was shocking. They did not expect to hear that this trooper was driving 90 miles an hour down a side road on a foggy and rainy night, just mere seconds before this collision occurred. The fact that this then makes this accident completely avoidable is completely difficult for the family," said Caron.

Authorities say Trooper Anthony Scott, 26, was not responding to a call.

The final report from the Georgia State Patrol is expected in a few weeks.

"They (the Lindsey family) stated immediately that they're sympathies are with the trooper and the trooper's family. They know that the trooper had children," said Caron. "They're also wanted to express how much they're thanking the community for the thousands of people who have come out that went to the funeral, that went to the services, that have sent them cards and letters."

The crash investigation is still underway by the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team and the final report could take weeks. The families and the district attorney's office are waiting, patiently for a thorough report

"You have to hold a trooper to a higher respect when it comes to driving. These individuals are trained professionals. They go through post certification and schooling. They go through driver training. Their jobs is to protect the innocent," said Caron. "Because they can't finish their grieving process until they know what happened and they have final answers and they know who was at fault and who needs to be held accountable."

11Alive reached out to the Georgia State Patrol for any updates and have been told there are none at this time.