Fox & Farmer Attorneys at Law
  • Knoxville: 865-531-9400
    The Tri-Cities: 423-415-1920
  • Email icon

A Harriman man is killed by a drugged driver in Anderson County

A 36-year-old Clinton man has been arrested and charged with both vehicular homicide and driving under the influence (DUI) charges for his role in causing a fatal crash in Anderson County on the evening of Feb. 8.

According to a spokesperson with the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), the Clinton man had been driving his Kia Spectra southbound along Clinton Highway at around 5:30 p.m. when he suddenly crossed the center line into oncoming traffic near its intersection with Shepard Lane. The defendant allegedly struck a 64-year-old Harriman man's Chevy Cavalier head-on in the process.

Officers who responded to the crash scene determined that both motorists had been wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. While the Kia's driver survived the crash with only minor injuries, the Chevy's driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

While receiving medical attention, the Kia's driver was tested for both drug and alcohol use. Although tests didn't indicate that he had any alcoholic beverages prior to the crash, a THP spokesperson notes that he tested positive for having narcotics in his system. He was taken into police custody and booked into jail soon thereafter. Police haven't disclosed what drug the man may have taken prior to the crash.

It's not immediately clear when the next hearing in the case is scheduled for or whether a judge planned to let him out on bail either.

The best way that Knoxville drivers can prevent crashes is by not becoming distracted by passengers, drugs, their phone, alcohol or a lack of sleep when they set out to drive. While penalties exist when drunk or drugged individuals injure or kill unassuming motorists, these penalties aren't stiff enough. A compassionate car accidents attorney can hold drunk drivers financially accountable for the harm that they've caused.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Need help from an experienced attorney? Contact us right now for a free consultation.

Email Us For A Response

8900 Executive Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37923

Phone: 865-329-7269
Knoxville Law Office Map

Johnson City
115 East Unaka Ave.
Johnson City, TN 37601

Phone: 423-415-1920
Johnson City Law Office Map