CAIRO — The teenager who was involved in a fatal wreck in January has submitted a plea of not guilty on counts of felony vehicular homicide, reckless driving and speeding.
Anna Marie McBride, 18, waived her right to be formally arraigned in open court and requested a trial by jury on the advise of her counsel, Moultrie attorney Jon Forehand.
McBride is accused of driving more than twice the speed limit at the time her 2014 Volvo struck Thomasville High School senior Levi Knop's vehicle.
Jury trials are set to begin Sept. 17 at the Grady County Courthouse.Pretrial motions are scheduled to be heard August 8.
According to her indictment, McBride was driving 116.8 mph in a 55 mph zone at the time she was involved in the car accident that killed Knop.
Prosecutors say the two high school students were traveling northbound on Highway 319 the morning of Jan. 29 when McBride, then a Brookwood School student, struck Knop, 18, in his rear.
The Georgia State Patrol specialized collision reconstruction team (SCRT), which investigated the incident, said McBride did not allow Knop, who was driving in front of her at the time, ample room to maneuver his vehicle.
Knop's vehicle veered off the left side of the road onto the center median where he struck a tree.
The high school baseball player was pronounced dead at the scene.
McBride was charged with first degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving and following too closely in April following the conclusion of the two-and-a-half month SCRT investigation. She surrendered herself at the Grady County Sheriff's Office and was released later that day on a $10,000 bond.
A grand jury indicted McBride May 23.