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Man indicted on charges connected to deadly 2016 crash

(Information from Oak Ridge Today, staff reports)  A Knoxville man has been indicted on vehicular homicide and other charges in the death of a 23-year-old Heiskell woman after a two-vehicle crash on Clinton Highway in April 2016.

27-year-old Scott Allen Gray is facing a vehicular homicide by intoxication charge as well as numerous others after Gray’s passenger, Jessica Miner Taylor, died about a week after the crash.

The Anderson County Grand Jury also indicted Gray on charges of reckless endangerment when a deadly weapon (a motor vehicle) is involved; failure to yield the right of way, resulting in death; failure of provide evidence of insurance; failure to carry a certificate of registration; failure to use due care; violation of the open container law; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana.

Gray is currently out on bond.

At the time of the accident, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said that Gray had been driving north on Clinton Highway near Mehaffey Road on April 28, 2016, when he turned into the path of a southbound sport utility vehicle driven by Kimberly Williamson of Knoxville. The SUV hit the car driven by Gray on the passenger side, pinning Taylor inside the wreckage.

Gray was taken by ambulance to UT Medical Center the day of the crash. Williamson had minor injuries, and she was taken in a personal vehicle to Tennova North, where she was treated and released.

Miner died from her injuries about a week after the crash, on Friday, May 6, according to her obituary.

Interviewed at the hospital after the crash, troopers reported that Gray’s blood alcohol level was 0.175 a few hours after the crash, over twice the legal limit.

During a previous court hearing, troopers testified that Gray said he had had a “couple of beers” and maybe a shot of whiskey and had taken two Klonopins, an anti-anxiety medication, Smith testified.

There was a half-empty bottle of whiskey found between the driver’s seat and the rocker panel of Gray’s car.  Troopers also found a glass marijuana pipe with residue in the center console of the car, a marijuana joint inside a prescription bottle, and at least six beer cans on the passenger floorboard of the car.

Gray has a prior DUI conviction from 2009, Lloyd said.

He had been arrested a few weeks before the Clinton Highway crash for allegedly driving under the influence in Union County, according to testimony during the preliminary hearing.

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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