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Woman indicted in deadly 2019 motorcycle crash on I-55

Tia Christian was indicted Tuesday on reckless vehicular homicide felony charges related to a 2019 crash in which a motorcyclist was killed.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 7/14/2021 - (Shelby County District Attorney General News Release) - A 53-year-old woman was indicted Tuesday on reckless vehicular homicide felony charges related to a 2019 crash in which a motorcyclist was killed, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

Defendant Tia Christian is free on $15,000 bond.

Investigators said Christian was driving her car at a high rate of speed when she struck the back end of the motorcycle ridden by 31-year-old Curtis Thomas-Watkins. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash occurred around 10:15 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2019, on westbound I-55 at the southbound exit for Third Street.

The case is being handled by Senior Felony Asst. Neil Umsted and Asst. Dist. Atty. Regan Murphy of the District Attorney’s Vertical Team 3 that handles cases in General Sessions Division 11 and in Criminal Court Division 3.

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9/23/2019 - A Memphis woman has been arrested and charged after a fatal motorcycle crash on I-55.

The crash happened at Third Street and I-55 at 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

Police say 51-year-old Tia Christian crashed into the motorcyclist as he was exiting the interstate.

Memphis police have identified the motorcyclist as Curtis Thomas-Watkins.

Christian has been charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving. She is expected to make her first court appearance Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.