WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thomas Grooms was driving south on River Road last year when witnesses say he hit and killed Trey and David Doolittle. Witnesses today explained in great detail what they believe happened that Sunday morning when the Doolittles were hit and killed while riding their bicycles.
Investigators explained the scene of the accident on river road to the jury, including what was found inside Thomas Grooms’s car.
Highway Patrol collected a straw in the car with white powder and sent it to the SBI.
“When it was seized, initially I thought it was cocaine,” a trooper told jurors.
Troopers say after a field sobriety test, they believed Grooms was impaired at the time of the crash. It turned out the substance inside of the straw was not cocaine, but mephedrone, known more commonly as bath salts, but that information was not disclosed to the jury yet.
Investigators also say they found an empty Southern Comfort bottle in the back seat, a bottle of Bacardi 151 in the car and a bottle of wine in the trunk.
Investigators say according to instruments inside Grooms’s car, he did not brake before or after hitting the two cyclists. Troopers explained this is evident by the fact that air bags did not deploy.
A woman who was out with Grooms the night before the accident also testified today. She said she shared drinks with him saturday night, but did not believe he was impaired and unable to drive when they left the restaurant.