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Man facing vehicular homicide charges for hit-and-run

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a horrific hit-and-run accident that left two people dead. Police arrested the driver shortly thereafter, and now a grand jury has indicted him on six counts for his role in the fatal car accident.

The crash happened when two women ran out of gas outside a Knoxville residence. A man who lived there came out to help them and gave them gas. Before the women could leave, a car came speeding down the street and hit one of the women and the man. They both died, as did the woman's unborn fetus.

As it turns out, the Tennessee man who was behind the wheel had a previous DUI conviction, and had also been arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. For the recent incident, a Knox County grand jury recently returned a six-count indictment against him. He is seeing three counts of vehicular homicide, as well as one count of DUI, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of tampering with evidence.

The 22-year-old man recently graduated from the University of Tennessee. He turned himself in last week and was being held on $300,000 bond. His attorney says that he hopes he will be released, either by posting bond or having it reduced. He's planning to plead not guilty to the charges.

A police affidavit, however, indicates the man admitted to his roommate that he hit the victims after a night of drinking. Someone he knew later called the police.

Source: WBIR, "Recent UT grad charged in triple-fatal hit-and-run; has previous DUI conviction," June 7, 2012

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