LaGrange Police charge 16-year-old in accident that killed Trae Cole

Published 11:08 am Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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The LaGrange Police Department has charged an undisclosed 16-year-old juvenile with homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, violation of a CP license, failure to maintain lane, stop sign violation and driving too fast for conditions in the accident that killed Traveion “Trae” Cole.

Cole died in November in a one-vehicle accident after he was ejected from a Chevrolet Trailblazer that overturned several times. A LaGrange High School student and football player, he was 17.

According to an LPD press release, LPD filed the charges after receiving results from evidence testing at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab.

A Class CP license is commonly known as a Learners Permit. In Georgia, 15-year-olds who obtain a learner’s permit can drive a vehicle if someone who is at least 21 years old and has a driver’s license is with them.

The case has been referred to Troup County Juvenile Court.

Two other high school students were injured in the crash and released from the hospital the same night.

After the accident, LaGrange postponed its football game with cross-town rival Troup for a day, and players from both teams honored Cole.