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Driver in fatal crash indicted

Published: 9:25 AM, 07/16/2013 Last updated: 9:26 AM, 07/16/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-A Cocke County man is facing multiple charges in connection with a head-on crash on Interstate 40 last year that killed one woman and injured four others. 

Dan Williams, 39, of 227 Lower Bogard Road, was arraigned in Judge Ben Hooper's court on Monday, July 15.

The state issued a presentment with 10 charges.

Following his arraignment, Williams was arrested and booked into the county jail. He then reportedly got out on a $25,000 bond, according to his attorney, Bill Leibrock.

A 35-year-old mother was killed and four people were injured, including the mother's three minor children, some critically, after a head-on collision on Dec. 1, 2012, in the eastbound lanes of I-40 just east of the Newport 435 mile marker.

Kristy Jones of Toledo, Ohio, who was killed, was driving a 2006 Dodge caravan east on a vacation with the family.

Her van carrying a man and three children was struck head-on by Williams, the driver of a 2007 Mercury Mountaineer. Trooper Tyler Hall of the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that Williams, whose charges include a DUI, was in the wrong lanes.

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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