Driver of SUV in fatal Bibb crash identified

awomack@macon.comJanuary 11, 2013 

Authorities released the identity Friday of the driver of a second car involved in a traffic crash early Thursday morning that killed a 17-year-old Central High School student.

Kathryn Claire Patton, 17, of Macon, was driving a 2000 Toyota 4-Runner north in the left turn lane on Forsyth Road at 6:56 a.m., according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Harold Finney, 60, was driving a 1992 Mazda Protege south on Forsyth Road in the right lane approaching Tucker Road.

Finney’s daughter, Nashandra Finney, was pronounced dead at The Medical Center of Central Georgia shortly after the crash. Harold Finney underwent surgery Thursday for his injuries.

Patton and her passenger, her 14-year-old brother Holt Patton, also were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to the state patrol.

Senior Trooper Brandon Stone said it’s unclear how long it will take for members of the state patrol’s specialized crash reconstruction team to fully investigate the incident.

The decision of whether any charges will be filed won’t be made until after the investigation is complete.

“Right now we’ve still got a lot of information to look at and gather,” he said.

Troopers will make a forensic map of the crash site, using evidence left at the scene. They’ll also interview witnesses, Stone said.

Although troopers don’t suspect alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, Kathryn Claire Patton’s blood is being analyzed as a precaution.

Blood couldn’t be drawn from Harold Finney due to his surgery, Stone said.

As part of their investigation, troopers will gather weather data from the time of the crash.

“When I got there it was overcast,” Stone said.

The investigation also will confirm whether seat belts were worn.

After troopers complete their work, they will turn their findings over to the Bibb County State Court Solicitor’s Office for review, Stone said.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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