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ORT: Gilmore facing new charges in fatal wreck

(Oak Ridge Today)  An Oak Ridge woman is facing three more felony charges, including a second vehicular homicide charge, in the death of a 37-year-old Harriman mother and Roane County Schools employee after a three-vehicle crash at Oak Ridge Turnpike and Jefferson Avenue in May.

The new charges, filed against Vicki G. Gilmore, 62, on September 29, also include aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. The new homicide charge is vehicular homicide (recklessness).

The original charges filed against Gilmore, who is suspected of using a narcotic pain-reliever, were vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure to maintain a single lane, leaving the scene of an accident, violation of the implied consent law, and duty upon striking a fixture. The original charges were filed in May.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 10 a.m. October 21 in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Oak Ridge.

The crash was reported at about 9:47 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the intersection of Oak Ridge Turnpike and Jefferson Avenue.

Witnesses told police that Gilmore was driving fast in the westbound lanes of Oak Ridge Turnpike.

A blue Nissan Altima was on the inside lane at the red light. Inside that car were Christy Duncan, 37, of Harriman, and her four-year-old daughter Janna, Burchfield said in the affidavits.

In the outside lane was a silver Lexus occupied by Jason Watson, according to the affidavits, which are attached to arrest warrants.

Gilmore failed to slow down, crashing into the rear of Duncan’s vehicle before sliding sideways into Watson’s vehicle.

Duncan was taken by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where she later died from her injuries, Burchfield said. Janna Duncan, the four-year-old, was taken to the UT Medical Center also.

Authorities suspected that Gilmore was under the influence of a substance other than alcohol, Burchfield said.

Interviewed at the crash site, where she was sitting on the westbound curb at Jefferson Avenue and Oak Ridge Turnpike, Gilmore had a blank stare and appeared to be confused about what had happened, Burchfield said.

He said Gilmore agreed to perform some standardized field sobriety testing. But she said she could not walk a straight line, stand on one foot, or follow something without moving her head, Burchfield said.

He said she had constricted pupils and droopy eyelids.

He said Gilmore initially agreed to allow her blood to be drawn to determine the alcohol and drug content. But she changed her mind at the hospital, saying she would not give blood, Burchfield said.

Gilmore was booked into the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton early Saturday morning, May 7, and released on Monday afternoon, May 9.

Duncan was an employee at Roane County Schools, where she was a school social worker and worked with the student support team.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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  1. Tracy Stout Powers

    Does anyone know what is going on with the case?

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