Car Crash Victim’s Family Raises Concerns about District Attorney’s Office

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — In 2018, a man was killed in a a head on collision with a vehicle driving the wrong way on Highway one eleven in Soddy Daisy.

As a result, Sherry Brumlow lost a son and Makisha Gorbski lost a brother.

According the victim’s family, the Hamilton County District Attorney’s office has been handling the case for the past four years, but when Gorbski went to the DA’s Office on July fifteenth to discuss possible outcomes of the case, she was frustrated with what she found.

“The receptionist told me that Chris Post was not in the office; Neal Pinkston wasn’t in the office — there’s apparently a guy that helps Chris with his cases — he also wasn’t in the office, so there was nobody there to talk to me… And I was informed by the receptionist that Neal Pinkston had not been in his office since he lost the election… So, the only thing she could do for me is send all three of them an email and have them get back to me.”

News 12 reached out to the office to see if the District Attorney was available. According to the DA’s Office, he was unavailable but could be reached via email.

Brumlow and Gorbski are concerned that the District Attorney has lost interest in their case, which they say they believed was going to trial before an email received Friday suggested it might be settled with a plea deal.

“Is it because Neal Pinkston has lost the election, and he’s not going to be the District Attorney anymore, and he doesn’t care about it anymore?”

But Communications Director Bruce Garner says Neal Pinkston has continued working cases as usual since the election.

According to Garner, Pinkston has been in and out of the office as he continues to do the work of the Distirct Attorney, and he can be reached by email.

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