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Being involved in an automobile accident that claimed the life of another person is a traumatic experience. In addition to the emotional impact of such an accident, a driver would likely face serious legal problems. A Tennessee man had been charged with vehicular homicide following a 2015 accident. However, a recent decision by a judge in his current trial deemed certain evidence inadmissible.

On June 25, 2015, travel on I-75 had slowed when a truck driver allegedly ran into traffic. According to prosecutors in the case, the crash near Ooltewah involved nine vehicles. As a result of the accident, six people, including two children, were killed.

According to reports from the National Transportation Safety Board, the truck driver had not sufficiently rested in roughly 40 hours and had been driving 15 hours when the crash occurred. Per news reports, drugs tests showed that, at the time of wreck, the driver had been using methamphetamine. The NTSB cited drug use and driver fatigue as causes of the incident.

A judge recently ruled on a defense motion to suppress certain evidence found inside the driver's truck. While one blood sample will be submitted as evidence, most will not because probable cause was not established prior to a search warrant. The truck driver faces multiple charges of vehicular homicide and reckless aggravated assault.

In any criminal case, evidence must be presented by the state to prove the case. However, some evidence may not be allowed in a trial if it was collected inappropriately. Anyone in Tennessee facing charges of vehicular homicide has the right to a rigorous defense. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will evaluate any evidence and work diligently to minimize any negative impact on a client's life.

Source: timesfreepress.com, "Evidence from truck will not be allowed in trial of driver in 2015 crash that killed 6 on I-75", Rosana Hughes, May 22, 2017

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