The suspect’s name cannot be released publicly because he is charged as a minor in Hawkins County Juvenile Court. Assistant Attorney General Doug Godbee said Monday, however, that he has petitioned the court to transfer the suspect into adult court.
The suspect, who turned 18 in September, has been lodged in the Hawkins County Jail for the past two weeks on pending burglary and theft charges from two separate cases. He was on probation at the time of those arrests, and a revocation hearing has been scheduled.
The suspect was served with the vehicular homicide warrant at the jail on Friday by investigating Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Collier.
It was a single-vehicle accident that occurred on July 26, 2006, on Route 66 just north of Bulls Gap.
The boy was reportedly driving a 1994 Honda northbound on Route 66 at a high rate of speed when he apparently lost control on a curve near the Old Highway Road intersection.
Collier stated at the time that the vehicle exited the roadway off the right side and then began to roll, finally striking a tree on the passenger side where the vehicle came to rest. The passenger, Kenneth Brady, 20, of Rogersville, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither was wearing a seat belt.
“They were coming through a curve, and because of the speed he was unable to make that curve,” Collier said at the time. “As they were coming out of the curve the vehicle just went straight right off the road.”
The suspect was flown via Wings Air Rescue to Holston Valley Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition at the time.
The suspect is listed as “disabled” on his most recent arrest report.
The suspect was served with the vehicular homicide warrant now because authorities only just received the results of a toxicology report from the state crime lab.
Godbee said the report showed that the teen was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the fatal accident.
The teen is scheduled for arraignment before Juvenile Court Judge James Taylor on April 21.
Vehicular homicide is a Class B felony in adult court, punishable by up to 12 years in prison.