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Johnson City fatal wreck suspect faces more charges

KRISTEN SWING • Apr 12, 2007 at 12:00 PM

JOHNSON CITY - Almost a year to the day after allegedly causing a traffic crash on Okolona Road that claimed the life of her 14-year-old son, a Johnson City woman was back behind bars accused of causing another crash.

Johnson City police were called to the area of Roan Street and Oakland Avenue Tuesday evening, where Marla C. Brumit, 34, 1346 Milligan Highway, allegedly backed a Nissan Frontier into a Honda CRV and then attempted to leave the scene.

Authorities stopped Brumit on Princeton Road, where she told officers she was unaware she had hit a vehicle.

According to reports, Brumit "slurred her speech heavily" and "tended to nod off while standing." Brumit reportedly told police she was taking prescription medications, including morphine.

She was transported to North Side Hospital after consenting to blood testing and then was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, improper backing, and driving without a license in her possession.

On April 12, 2006, police allege Brumit's blood alcohol level was more than double the state's legal limit of 0.08 when she lost control of her pickup truck and struck a telephone pole on Okolona Road.

Brumit's 14-year-old son, David, was riding in the bed of the truck at the time and died from massive head injuries he suffered in the wreck. Her 10-year-old daughter, Emily, was riding in the cab of the truck when the wreck occurred and was partially ejected from the vehicle, suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

Police estimated Brumit was traveling double the speed limit on the road when she lost control. She was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect.

Earlier this year, Brumit waived her case to the next meeting of the Carter County grand jury.

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