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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.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,

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