Passenger killed, driver charged in crash on SR 359 in Carter County


CARTER COUNTY, T.N. (WJHL)- One man is dead, and another faces charges after a crash shut down part of a Carter County road Sunday.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers responded to the crash on SR 359, also known as Okolona Road, near Rock House Road early Sunday.

TDOT spokesperson, Mark Nagi told News Channel 11 that TDOT got the report of the closure at 7:11 a.m. and the road reopened at 9:51 a.m.

According to a THP report, the driver, identified as 28-year-old Taylor Wright of Johnson City, was traveling south on Okolona Rd. when he veered into the opposite lane, eventually crashing into multiple trees.

That report said the passenger in the vehicle, 44-year-old Roger Warner of Michigan, died as a result of that crash.

The THP report also indicated that drugs and alcohol were factors in this crash.

Wright now faces a criminal charge of vehicular homicide.Copyright WJHL 2018. All rights reserved. 

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