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Woman charged with vehicular homicide in death of Gate City motorcycle rider

March 3rd, 2012 10:17 am by Kevin Castle

Woman charged with vehicular homicide in death of Gate City motorcycle rider

Victoria E. Arapakos, 18.

KINGSPORT — A woman accused of killing a motorcyclist last summer turned herself Friday after a grand jury indictment was returned and charged her with vehicular homicide.

Victoria E. Arapakos, 18, 219 Pinehurst Road, Kingsport was booked on one charge each of vehicular homicide and reckless aggravated assault at the Kingsport Justice Center after a Sullivan County Grand Jury returned a sealed indictment against her on Feb. 29.

Arapakos was involved in a two-vehicle crash on July 24, according to the Kingsport Police Department, that resulted in the death of Manuel Mark Owens, 64, of Gate City.

She was driving a 1995 Mitsubishi Galant and was traveling north on Pridemore Street at a high rate of speed, the KPD incident report said, when she lost control of the vehicle entering a curve at Lenoir Road and slid into the path of Owens, who was riding a Harley Davidson cycle on New Beason Well Road.

Following the impact with the cycle, Arapakos’ car struck an embankment and she was ejected from the vehicle, resulting in non life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the car, Amanda Smith, 29, of Sullivan Street, Kingsport, was not seriously hurt in the crash.

The motorcycle landed in a ditch and Owens was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to KPD patrolman Dale Farmer, Arapakos posted bond after being formally charged and processed.

Times-News writers Jeff Bobo and Rain Smith contributed to this story.

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