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Judge OKs wreck expert for teen charged in fatal crash

Posted September 10, 2010

— Attorneys for a Triton High School senior charged with murder in a June wreck that killed his girlfriend can hire an accident reconstruction expert to aid in their defense, a judge ruled Friday.

Ashley Moore, 16, a junior at Triton High in Dunn, died in the June 4 crash in the parking lot of a Walmart between Dunn and Erwin. Dillon Tart, who was driving the SUV, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Tart, 18, was indicted in July on a charge of second-degree murder in Moore's death. He is on house arrest while awaiting trial.

Police have said that witnesses told them the teens were arguing inside Tart's SUV at a gas station several hundred yards away from the Walmart shortly before the vehicle accelerated, clipped two vehicles and then flipped several times, hitting the front of the store.

Tart's mother, Patricia Jackson, said witnesses have told her insurance company that they only heard Moore screaming before the crash.

Jackson contends that her son suffered a seizure before the wreck. Medical records show he has a history of seizures, including grand mal seizures in November 2007 and July 2008 that sent him to the hospital.

A judge ruled that Tart's attorneys could spend up to $3,000 to have someone reconstruct the accident. Defense requests for money to hire a private investigator and a neurologist to aid in their case were denied.


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  • pebbles262004 Sep 13, 2010

    "Go Green" I just wanted to tell you that you were right last week..I did read the story wrong..thanks for pointing that out..Have a good day

  • Lickad Sep 10, 2010

    twc, you and Hitler have a lot in common.

  • twc Sep 10, 2010

    sayitoutloud, we don't know who he is at the moment; he has cast doubt on himself.

  • twc Sep 10, 2010

    Mugu, a trial by judge and jury is not a lynching.

    If he is innocent, great. I see enough evidence to have a trial.

    Justice for Ashley.

  • twc Sep 10, 2010

    shortz1994, if your epilepsy is controlled by medication then by all means you should be entitled to drive. Without that medication if you are involved in an accident caused by a seizure then you should be held accountable.


  • jstcurious0124 Sep 10, 2010

    seizure? just an excuse for his poor judgement. Maybe he had them in the past, but dont believe he had one that day. GUILTY
    Wish I were on the jury~~

  • jkbird Sep 10, 2010

    traipsingthru; The limits and controls on spending are because his family is not paying the tab. Your tax dollars are paying the tab since he has a court appointed lawyer and the courts will not let expenses run unchecked as if you have a private lawyer.

  • GoGreen Sep 10, 2010

    shortz, when was your last seizure?

    People with one arm who cannot control the vehicle should not drive. If they are trained, have a broody knob and an automatic tranny, no issues.

    People with weak eyesight, if uncorrected, should not drive. It says so on my license.

    People with a recent history of grand mal seizures should not drive. If they have been seizure free for at least five years before they are permitted to drive but I would guess our laws are pretty lax w.r.t. medical limits on driving. They are TOO big a hazard for the general public.

  • GoGreen Sep 10, 2010

    Warrior Women, I doubt an accident reconstruction expert could be considered "hard evidence".

    The kid is either guilty of 2nd degree murder (if he did it on purpose) or manslaughter (otherwise). If he was subject to seizures, he is criminally negligent for driving in the first place. I hope the law agrees with me.

  • traipsingthru Sep 10, 2010

    Why does a judge have the power to determine what the defense can spend money on? If I am charged with a crime and I have a defense lawyer, it seems that only we would determine what and how much we would spend while building the defense.