Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide After Crash in Anderson County, Tennessee
ANDERSON COUNTY, TN. – A driver has been charged with vehicular homicide after a vehicle crash in Anderson County, Tennessee, according to an online news story reported by oakridgetoday.com. The driver was also charged with driving under the influence.*
The crash happened on Clinton Highway in Anderson County. At about 5:30 p.m., 36-year-old man from Clinton, Tennessee, was driving a 2009 Kia Spectra south on Clinton Highway. Based on information the driver of the Kia told authorities, near the area of Shepherd Lane, he dropped his pack of cigarettes.
In reaching to retrieve the cigarettes, the driver of the Kia, traveled over the centerline of the highway and into northbound traffic, colliding head-on with a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier. The driver of the Cavalier, a 64-year-old man from Harriman, Tennessee, was killed in the crash.
When Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers spoke to the driver at the scene, they developed reason to believe the driver of the Kia was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He reportedly has a prior charge of driving under the influence, but it is not clear if this was for alcohol or drugs. It is not clear if he was injured in the wreck. Authorities arrested him and transported him to jail.
The driver of the Kia is facing charges of vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide by recklessness, and driving under the influence. He had a court hearing in his case on February 11 at Anderson County General Session Court, during which a judge set his bond at $500,000. The judge also ordered Gribble to use an alcohol-monitoring device.
Investigation of the vehicle crash is ongoing, and no additional information has been released to the media at this time.
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