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Kingsport woman's vehicular homicide case postponed

April 13th, 2012 11:08 am by Kacie Breeding

Kingsport woman's vehicular homicide case postponed

Victoria E. Arapakos, 18.

KINGSPORT— The case of a Kingsport woman accused of killing a motorcyclist last summer has been postponed.

Victoria E. Arapakos, 18, 219 Pinehurst Road, is charged with vehicular homicide and reckless aggravated assault. The case was postponed to July 26 during an appearance Friday in Sullivan County Circuit Court after Arapakos requested additional time to hire an attorney.

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.

Arapakos turned herself in to police at the Kingsport Justice Center after a Sullivan County Grand Jury returned a sealed indictment against her on Feb. 29.

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