Man charged in deadly crash on East Main Street
A man is charged in connection to a crash that killed a 9-year-old-boy and injured two others.
Jason Ansley is charged with vehicular homicide by recklessness after police say he left the scene of a car crash on East Main Street on June 7.
Police say Ansley contacted them days three days after the accident, admitting he fled the scene and had smoked marijuana thee hours earlier.
Police were able to find security footage from a nearby building, showing the 31-year-old speeding in his white Lexus.
Moments later he hit the van driven by Ryan Haddock, killing Haddock’s son, Liam. His 5 year-old-son Dexter was hospitalized for two days.
Ansley told police he ran from the scene because he was afraid he would go to jail.
Ansley has a lengthy criminal history.
Court records show Ansley has been charged in nine separate cases since 2005. Previous charges include possession of marijuana, speeding, and driving on a revoked or suspended license.
In 2008, Ansley pleaded guilty to vandalism and malicious mischief charges and was put on probation.
In 2012, Ansley served 20 days for possession of marijuana. He lost his license a year later and pleaded guilty in 2016 for driving on a revoked license.
A Haddock family spokesperson sent the following statement:
"The family very much appreciates the hard work and dedication of the investigators and other personnel of the department on this case. They would also like to express their sincere gratitude to the Chattanooga community as well as many others from outside the immediate area for the outpouring of love and support during this trying time."
Ansley's bond has been set to $498,000.
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