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Jury To Probe Singer’s Accident

March 30, 1999

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) _ A grand jury will investigate whether George Jones should be charged in a wreck that left him critically injured.

Williamson County District Attorney Ronald Davis said Monday that ``there are enough open questions in this case″ that a grand jury should hear all the evidence.

The country singer lost control of his sport utility vehicle and crashed into a bridge on March 6. His family said he was talking to his stepdaughter on a cellular phone at the time.

Jones, 67, suffered a punctured lung and lacerated liver. He spent 13 days in the hospital and was discharged March 19.

A half-pint of vodka described as less than half-full was found under the passenger’s seat of Jones’ vehicle, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.

The investigating officer said there was no indication Jones had been drinking.

Davis said the lack of a blood alcohol test at the time of the crash means that the grand jury will have to subpoena evidence from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and question witnesses.

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