Cobb man gets 20 years for role in crash that killed 2 teens

Garrett Anderson (Cobb County jail)

Garrett Anderson (Cobb County jail)

A Cobb County man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for contributing to a crash that killed two teenage girls and hurt one, District Attorney Vic Reynolds announced Monday.

Garrett Kyle Anderson, 25, of Kennesaw was convicted at trial of two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of serious injury and one count of aggressive driving, Reynolds said.

The case involved a crash that occurred on May 25, 2014 after Anderson had summoned a locksmith when he locked his keys in his car at the Walmart on Chastain Meadows Parkway.

Anderson had told the locksmith, Tansu Kanlica, to follow him to an ATM but then appeared to be trying to get away from Kanlica, Reynolds said.

Kanlica testified that Anderson “brake checked” him, and that he swerved left to avoid hitting him, then over-corrected to the right, Reynolds said.

His car jumped the curb and he hit three teenagers on the sidewalk. Reina As-Salaam and Julianne Hope Ferrell were killed. Monica Epps suffered a broken leg.

“Garrett Anderson chose to lead the chase,” prosecutor Jaret Usher said in a news release. “He engaged in this chase with Mr. Kanlica. They are both responsible.”

Superior Court Judge Reuben M. Green sentenced Anderson to 45 years, with 20 years to serve in prison and the rest on probation. Kanlica pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced to 30 years with 20 years to serve in prison.