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Marijuana, crash played role in missing teen’s death

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Jamisha Gilbert

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WTVR) – A Lynchburg teenager was high on marijuana and acted irrationally after she crashed her car the day after Thanksgiving last year. Jamisha Gilbert’s body was found in the woods a few days later. Investigators said the 18-year-old girl died of hypothermia.

During a Thursday afternoon press conference, the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney announced her death was ruled accidental and said no charges would be filed in the case.

The three people who were smoking marijuana with Gilbert will not face any charges.

He said the drugs, combined with the impact of the accident, caused Gilbert to behave irrationally the night she was last seen. After the crash Gilbert stripped off her clothes and ran into a brier patch about two miles from the crash scene, reported WDBJ7.com.

“Police also recovered a notebook at the scene of the accident that belonged to Gilbert. She wrote her personal feelings about marijuana in the notebook,” WDBJ7.com reported.

Search crews found Gilbert’s body in early December in the woods near Route 460 and Concord Turnpike in Lynchburg. She had been reported missing days earlier.


  • Daniel Beasley

    She was high on more than marijauna to act that way. Someone who was involved in the report may have some investment in alcohol, and or tobacco.

  • athynz

    I feel for the people close to the young lady and I have to agree with other posters here that the marijuana was laced with something. Either that or WTVR is pushing some sort of anti-marijuana campaign.

    • BO

      Everyone else seems to be pushing how deadly marijuana (sarcasm)n suprise WTVR jumped on the bandwagon without a shred of proof to back it up.

    • Tazdad

      WTVR reported what was stated by the Lynchburg Attorney General. WTVR did not represent any of their own conclusions or opinions on whether or not marijuana contributed in any way to this tragic incident. It is all there in black and white in the article. Don’t go blaming the messenger for reporting the facts.

      • athynz

        Tazdad you’ve lost any credibility you had when you said the following to me:

        “Tazdad 1d
        you need a vicious dog unleashed upon you. the dog would get a blue ribbon for exterminating vermin.”

        Now sit down, close your pie hole, and let the adults speak of issues that are way above your intellectual level.

        And do a search of articles here on WTVR about marijuana and take a good long look on how they are slanted. Then you might begin to understand why I posted what I did.

  • Robin Zachery

    Not Weed alone. No way. I feel for her but she was either allergic to weed or it was laced or mixed with other drugs. Also if she did this after the accident, it could have been brain damage or a concussion that made her behave oddly. Weed calms unless laced, mixed with other drugs or alcohol or if someone is allergic to it.

  • myneonsport

    As someone who in the past smoked marijuana I never acted like that. It makes you hungry and very relaxed. There had to be something laced in it for her to act that way. It is a shame she died though but to blame marijuana is asinine.

  • Concerned

    After having a daughter who had a harmful near fatal reaction, I sorry to say it is possible. She was hospitalized for a week with delusions, paranoia, memory loss etc. the only thing in her system was trace amounts of pot. It was hell not knowing if she would ever be the same. She couldn’t remember how to turn on water in the shower or even who her parents were. She is now fine, but if we hadn’t picked up on what was happening she would have became lost like this girl. It’s hard to believe for some but it’s true. This can happen.

    • BO

      Its either not true or your daughter has problems far and beyond smoking weed.No and mean NO one has ever had that drivel your spouting from marijuana alone.

      • Concerned

        Bo I’m not saying that most people don’t have a problem smoking. All I’m saying is 7 days of testing that’s all that they found. This drivel you refer to is the truth. My daughter is a college grad…no previous problems. Now hear me out…did smoking make some underlaying problems worse? Maybe? When you buy pot off the street how do you know what’s in it? Maybe it was laced with something off of the medical radar…I don’t want to argue with you…not my intent…all I am saying is I almost lost my child, Jamisha is gone. You can blame them for their actions or something else was wrong with them, but unless you’ve seen this sort of reaction, you have no idea what it can cause. Good for you if it never happens to you. But it is important to know that there is a possibility that it can happen to some people. My daughter is not the first, neither is Jamisha…if you read the report this reaction was cited in med records along time ago. Please don’t put down those of us who have had a loved one go thru this.

      • BO

        Maybe you are right.I just know people latch on to any excuse they gives them a pass on what they knowingly did then lie about how it happened.its always something or someone elses fault.

      • Askmeificare

        Bo & Concern theres 2sides to every story.So sad this young ladys not here to tell hers..

  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Stevens says marijuana should be legal, another boss joining the party, better late then never

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


  • Matthew Stacy

    I am very sorry for the family’s loss. It is very tragic that this girl died at such a young age. With that being said, I would have to agree with the majority of commenters. I have smoked some of the best and it just does not affect you in that way. It is not mind altering, maybe mood altering. The absolute worst side effect I have ever seen in my experience and that of others is forgetting what i was doing or where i was going for a second. I am wondering if she suffered from any head trauma during the accident.
    Marijuana is the safest drug I know of and It is way safer than alcohol and everyone (with sense) knows it. I would like to appeal to anyone that is willing to do so, to make a video of themselves under the influence of $50 dollars worth of pot and then on a different day make one of them under the influence of $50 dollars worth of alcohol. Both must be consumed in a short period of time. I would much rather my teenage son to get a hold of the pot. Even though I do NOT condone the use of any legal or illegal substances by my son and he is VERY aware of this!
    Oh and while it is on my mind, Alcohol is the gateway drug not pot! And that is because it is so easy to obtain and lowers your inhibitions. In my younger days I tried crack cocaine and thankfully never got hooked on it. When asked by my peers while I was sober or high on pot I would always turn it down. But under the influence of alcohol was a different story. I almost always joined the crowd. In my opinion and I am sure that a lot of people would agree that Marijuana should be legal and alcohol should not.

    • Belsma

      I agree that maybe she suffered head trauma, had a mental breakdown, or the pot was laced. Unless the pot was coupled with something else, including alcohol I don’t see how this could have happened without the prior that I mentioned. So sad though.

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