Unum Employee Dies After Hit And Run On Fourth Street

Jeremy Lane Charged

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Jeremy Lane
Jeremy Lane

A Unum employee died hours after she was struck by a hit and run driver on Fourth Street near Unum at 7:11 Wednesday morning.

The victim, Susan Wood, 42, suffered massive internal and head injuries. She underwent surgery at Erlanger Hospital, but later died. Mrs. Wood leaves behind two young children.

Jeremy Lane, 24, of 3117 Olde Town Lane, Chattanooga, was arrested in the case.

Police earlier said they believed the vehicle had been taken in a carjacking a short time earlier this morning. However, police later said Lane made up a story that he had been a carjacking victim. He was charged with filing a false report in that case.

His car, a red Nissan 240 SX, was located, unoccupied, by Chattanooga Police at the River View Grand Apartment complex on Dallas Road.

Lane had initially claimed the vehicle was taken from him in a carjacking at North Market Street and Manning Street.

Mrs. Wood was transported to Erlanger by Hamilton County EMS.

The popular Unum billing representative had been on her way to work when she was struck.

Witnesses said the vehicle that hit her sped up the hill from the direction of Market Street, struck her, then kept on going.

Emergency personnel administered CPR on the victim.

The victim's husband, Matt Wood, is also a Unum employee.

Unum officials advised employees, "In light of this tragic accident, we urge everyone to use extreme caution when crossing the busy streets surrounding our building. Please have a safe holiday season."

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