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Troy man charged with vehicular homicide

Troy man charged with vehicular homicide

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2008 9:48 pm

  A Troy man has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a September traffic accident that claimed the life of a Woodland Mills woman.

Timothy Sean Tucker, 24, of 706 Church St., Troy, was arrested at 11:20 a.m. Thursday at the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex on the single charge of vehicular homicide, according to a Union City Police Department report.

During arraignment, Tucker’s bond was set at $100,000 and his next court appearance scheduled for next Thursday.

The charge against Tucker stems from a crash that occurred shortly after 3 a.m. Sept. 7 at West Reelfoot Avenue and Everett Boulevard in Union City. Lisa M. Hilton, 28, of 212 Thompson St., Union City, which is located in Woodland Mills, died in the accident.

According to the police department’s accident report, Ms. Hilton was a back-seat passenger in a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Alysa Lauren Garrison, 31, of 1212 Claybow Drive, Hickman, Ky., whose vehicle collided with a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Tucker.

Both Ms. Garrison and her front-seat passenger, Dustin Bradley Beckett, 25, of 119 Bruce Circle, Sharon, as well as Ms. Hilton, whom police found unresponsive, were taken by Regional Emergency Medical Services ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, while Tucker was transported to the hospital by police for treatment of possible injury.

According to the report, Tucker told police he was westbound on West Reelfoot Avenue entering the intersection of Everett Boulevard and West Reelfoot Avenue. He said he was using his cell phone as he was driving and noticed a car beside him traveling in the same direction proceed into the intersection, so he did the same. He said he then observed Ms. Garrison’s vehicle turning in front of him.

Tucker said as he attempted to swerve to miss Ms. Garrison’s vehicle, he hit the car in its passenger side, police reported.

Ms. Garrison told police she was eastbound on West Reelfoot Avenue and had come to the intersection of West Reelfoot Avenue and Everett Boulevard. Slowing as she approached the first turning lane, she said she observed a semi truck and trailer stopped in the lane before the intersection, then drove around the truck and trailer to proceed to the intersection in the other turn lane, coming to a stop, according to the report.

Ms. Garrison said she then proceeded into the intersection to turn left onto Everett Boulevard when the light turned green. She told police she was hit in the passenger side by Tucker’s vehicle, which she did not see coming into the intersection before she turned, police reported.

Alcohol apparently was involved in the crash, according to the accident report.

Police reported Thursday that Tucker’s blood alcohol content was found to be 0.17 after the accident.
Published in The Messenger 10.31.08

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