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Hawkins woman faces homicide charge for 11-W 'wrong way' fatality

Jeff Bobo • Jun 25, 2018 at 6:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County woman who allegedly caused the death of her passenger last year after causing a head-on collision while driving on the wrong side of Highway 11-W is now charged with vehicular homicide.

Remonia Blevins, 45, 667 Heck Branch Hollow Road, Rogersville, was served Friday evening with a Hawkins County grand jury sealed indictment warrant from June 1 that included one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of reckless aggravated assault.

On Oct. 20, 2017, shortly before 9 p.m., Blevins was driving a 1994 Toyota westbound in the eastbound lane of 11-W in Mooresburg on the far west end of Hawkins County when she reportedly collided with a 2009 Ford Ranger driven by Frank Farrow, 85, of Rogersville.

Blevins' lone passenger, Bobby Lewis, 42, of Rogersville, was killed in the crash.

Farrow and his passenger, Susan B. Farrow, were injured, which accounts for the reckless aggravated assault charges.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Dossett stated in his report at the time of the crash that he didn't believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the fatal crash.

The key element required for the vehicular homicide charge to hold up is proof that Blevins acted recklessly in causing the crash.

Third Judicial District Attorney General Dan Armstrong told the Times News on Monday that the act of driving on the wrong side of the highway constitutes sufficient reckless behavior to merit the vehicular homicide charge.

As of Monday, Blevins remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $50,000 bond pending arraignment in Criminal Court on Aug. 18.

Vehicular homicide is a Class C felony punishable by 3-6 years.

Other June 1 sealed indictments

* Moises Jimenez Casas, 30, of Morristown, who was indicted on one count of aggravated rape, a Class A felony punishable by 15-25 years, and one count of a Class C felony sexual related charge.

The indictment affidavit alleges that one Dec. 7, 2016, Casas engaged in unlawful sexual penetration with a 20-year-old victim who he knew, or had reason to know, was mentally defective.

* Christopher Lee Hall, 28, 136 Forest View Drive, Surgoinsville, on two counts of aggravated statutory rape, a Class D felony punishable by 2-4 years.

Upon being arrested by the Rogersville Police Department on June 16, Hall allegedly gave a false name and fled on foot and was additionally charged with criminal impersonation, evading arrest, resisting arrest, assault on an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Recent Criminal Court guilty pleas

* Robert Thomas Goldstein, 42, of Cleveland, Tennessee, who was sentenced to one year and ordered to pay a total of $2,904 to the Rogersville Walmart for theft over $1,000 and theft under $1,000.

 *  Austin Derek Stills, 26, 2420 Westmorland Ave., Kingsport, who was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation for perjury.

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