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There are serious consequences for Tennessee drivers who get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence. If convicted, the penalties may include fines, loss of license or jail time. However, when an injury or death occurs after a driver's intoxication, more dire charges could follow. A Newport woman faces charges of vehicular homicide after a recent accident in East Tennessee.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that only one lane of northbound traffic was open due to a truck fire. Officers claim a 43-year-old woman struck a pickup truck driven by a 22-year-old man. The man and his 50-year-old father died after their truck caught on fire from the impact, according to reports.

The man's truck then purportedly ran into an SUV, driven by a 66-year-old man. He was injured in the crash, along with his 65-year-old wife. Both were taken to a nearby hospital. Police have not reported an update on the couple's condition.

Highway Patrol officers have apparently charged the woman with two counts of vehicular homicide. She also faces charges of driving under the influence. There was no report of any injuries associated with the woman.

Those charged with vehicular homicide in Tennessee have the right to defend themselves. It would be beneficial to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for assistance in the legal process. A dedicated lawyer will evaluate all the evidence presented in the case and develop the most rigorous defense possible. A strong defense team will work toward protecting a client's rights and seeking the most favorable outcome possible.

Source: wcyb.com, "THP: Drunk driver kills two Sullivan Co. men in Saturday I-81 crash", May 4, 2017

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