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Jacob Yancey was smoking a cigarette near his window when he heard the crash of car versus concrete about 2:30 a.m.
About the same time, neighbor Tom Gholson looked out his window and saw one person standing near the white sedan, with its front end stuck on top of a traffic island.
Their accounts — given in separate interviews with the Citizen-Times — are identical in that respect. Both say they saw only the one man.
Investigators later identified that person as Police Chief William Anderson’s 22-year-old son, touching off an investigation that has left more questions than answers and prompting the State Bureau of Investigation to launch a query of its own.
Chad Anderson acknowledged to police he was in the car that Saturday night (March 9). But in his account, a man he said he knew only as “Dianty” was behind the wheel of the 2007 Pontiac G5. Anderson uses the car, but it is registered in his father’s name.
Dianty fled after the crash, Chad Anderson told police. Detectives have been unable to find Dianty.
Chad Anderson could not be reached for comment at his residence or through the mobile phone number listed in a police report.