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Man gets probation for fatal restaurant crash

November 23rd, 2013 1:31 pm by Associated Press

Man gets probation for fatal restaurant crash

KNOXVILLE — A motorist whose rental car plowed into two Knoxville-area businesses and killed a school principal has been sentenced to two years of probation.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports 53-year-old Dewayne Edward Kelley was placed on judicial diversion on a charge of criminally negligent homicide Friday.

Authorities said Kelley was driving a Chrysler 300 sedan that crashed through the front door area of The Tomato Head restaurant on Feb. 28, hitting a woman standing near the door. The car then continued through the restaurant and into the adjoining Wild Birds Unlimited store.

The impact killed 58-year-old Deborah Thompson, a Crossville woman who had taken the day off from her position as principal of Bledsoe County Middle School. Thompson had been with the Bledsoe County school system for 23 years.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com


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