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Man Indicted In Deadly October 2017 DUI Crash

(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) - A 24-year-old man was indicted Thursday on charges of vehicular homicide involving alcohol stemming from a wrong-way crash last year on Interstate 40, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

Defendant Jose Rodriguez also was indicted on charges of drunken driving and reckless driving. He is being held on bond of $50,000.

Killed in the crash was Christopher Terrell, 31, of Memphis.

Investigators said Rodriguez was driving west in the eastbound lanes of I-40 when his sport utility vehicle struck Terrell’s eastbound car head-on near the Covington Pike exit.

The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 15 last year.

The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Kenya Smith of the DA’s DUI Prosecution Unit whose members work with local law enforcement seeking to reduce the number of DUI-related fatalities and injuries.

Task Force prosecutors also conduct training sessions to update law enforcement officers on changes in traffic and DUI laws.

 


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