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Driving under the influence is a serious offense in the state of Tennessee. Penalties for this charge alone could range from a fine and loss of license to time in jail. However, driving while impaired may lead to more significant consequences when harm is caused to others. An Oak Ridge woman was recently indicted for vehicular homicide and driving under the influence, among other charges, in connection with a 2016 accident.

On May 6, 2016, a 37-year-old woman was stopped at a traffic light at an intersection in Anderson County. A vehicle driven by a 62-year-old woman reportedly struck the stopped car, causing it to crash into another vehicle that was waiting at the traffic light. Witnesses claimed that the driver of the car who allegedly caused the accident failed to stop or slow down when it approached the intersection.

The driver of the stopped car was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died. Her 4-year-old daughter, a passenger in the vehicle, was also sent to the hospital, although no reports were made regarding her injuries. The driver of the third vehicle was uninjured, according to reports.

The 62-year-old woman was indicted on charges of vehicular homicide and reckless aggravated assault. She has also been charged with reckless endangerment, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Anderson County Court Clerk records indicate that the woman had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving in 2014.

Anyone facing charges such as vehicular homicide in Tennessee has the right to contact a lawyer for assistance. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can provide a client much-needed guidance throughout the legal process. Understanding the charges and developing an appropriate course of action are vital to building a strong defense. An experienced lawyer will work to minimize any negative consequences resulting from the case.

Source: oakridger.com, "Ridger indicted in crash that killed mom of 2", Donna Smith, April 12, 2017

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