JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Officials at the Washington County, TN jail confirmed to News Channel 11 Anthony Hammonds is in custody.
Authorities say Hammonds turned himself in to police Monday evening to face multiple charges. The 18-year-old driver is connected to a high-speed multi-car crash that killed his passenger. Investigators say they have probable cause to believe Hammonds, of Johnson City, was the driver of the Mustang that crossed a center line and struck multiple vehicles on Saturday afternoon.
Monday morning, police issued a warrant charging Hammonds with vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, two counts of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident with fatal injuries, and violation of the financial responsibility law.
According to police, Hammonds was behind the wheel of the1995 Ford Mustang on Saturday and was driving on E. Main Street near the Carter and Washington County line at a high rate of speed when he crossed the double-yellow line into oncoming traffic.
That vehicle sideswiped a 2005 Lincoln Towncar and continued to crash into a 2005 Toyota Camry head-on before going down a steep embankment.
Police report Hammonds fled from the scene of the crash. His passenger, 24-year-old Michael C. Conley of Johnson City, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Toyota Camry and a 7-year-old boy were taken to the Johnson City Medical Center to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
JCPD says its traffic homicide team is investigating the crash.
Hammonds is currently behind bars at the Washington County Detention Center and has been placed on a $260,000 bond. His arraignment hearing is scheduled for June 15 at 9:00 a.m.
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