Greeneville police chase ends in two-car crash, death of Mosheim man

Jeff Bobo • Dec 23, 2007 at 12:00 AM

GREENEVILLE — A Greeneville man involved in a fatal two-vehicle accident while being chased by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department early Sunday morning may be facing a vehicular homicide charge among other charges.

According to a report filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Wise, the accident occurred around 5 a.m. in Greene County at the intersection of Baileyton Road and Highway 11-E.

The GCSD was reportedly pursuing a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder south on Baileyton Road that was allegedly being driven by Todd A. Mathis, 36, of Greeneville. The GCSD confirmed Sunday that the Pathfinder was stolen but released no other information about the pursuit.

The THP report states that the Pathfinder was crossing the intersection at Highway 11-E when it struck a 1999 Ford Taurus in the driver’s side door.

The driver of the Taurus, John Robinette, 65, of Mosheim, was killed in the accident. Robinette was the lone occupant of the Taurus.

Mathis and his passenger, David Lee Martin, 44, of Greeneville, suffered injuries that are not life-threatening. No other information was available regarding their condition.

No one involved in the accident was wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

Wise said in his report alcohol was a factor and Mathis was asked to submit to a blood-alcohol test.

Although the THP said Mathis has already been cited on some charges, exactly what charges was not released. The THP added that some charges are still pending completion of the investigation.

The THP referred to it as a vehicular homicide investigation.

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