- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) - A former Georgia state trooper who was involved in a crash that killed two teenagers said he prays for the girls’ families daily and deeply regrets the accident.

Anthony “A.J.” Scott told WSB-TV (https://2wsb.tv/1oOXXQd ) there aren’t words to describe his sorrow over the crash, which happened in September.

“I pray every day this is just a dream but it isn’t, and I’m going to have to live with it,” Scott said.

Scott’s comments came Thursday after a grand jury in Carroll County declined to indict him in the wreck.

Scott was driving a patrol car that sideswiped the girls’ car as the driver was attempting a left turn. An investigation found that the teenagers’ vehicle failed to yield, but also that Scott was driving 91 mph just before the crash.

Kylie Lindsey, 17, and Isabella Chinchilla, 16, both died and two other teens were seriously injured. A relative of one of the injured youths was upset by the decision not to prosecute Scott.

“The officer chose to speed. The officer chose to do this,” said Lena Wall, aunt of 18-year-old Dillon Wall, who suffered a head injury. “And his choice killed two people.”

Scott was fired in October and has since won a seat on the Buchanan City Council.

Scott said he wants to advocate for safety improvements at the intersection where the crash occurred but he doesn’t see himself returning to law enforcement. Scott said the time hasn’t been right to visit relatives of Chinchilla or Lindsey.

“There (are) no words to describe how sorry I feel. I hope they find some kind of comfort in the future. If I can ever be of service any of them I’m here and I’ll do whatever they need,” Scott said.

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