05/15/2014 — Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong announced the man responsible for the death of a Tellico Plains woman in Monday’s three car accident on U.S. Highway 411 South will face charges.
Upon release from U.T. Medical Center, Jason David Dyer, 27, of Cold Springs Road, Walland, will be charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, and reckless endangerment. Dyer is listed in stable condition at U.T. Medical Center.
Dyer is responsible for the three car accident on U.S. 411 South Monday morning that killed 72-year-old Lola D. Walker of Tellico Plains. Walker’s brother, James L. Gray, 76, and the driver of another vehicle, Haley Sparks, 19, of Crye Road, Maryville, were also injured in the accident that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Monday.
Dyer was traveling north on U.S. Highway 411 South when he began passing vehicles at a high rate of speed in the continuous turn lane. He lost control of his vehicle and drifted into the southbound lane and struck Sparks, who was traveling south. That impact caused Dyer’s vehicle to rotate counter clock-wise and into the path of Walker’s vehicle. The impact caused Dyer to be ejected out the passenger window and onto the roadway.
Dyer was airlifted by Life Star to U.T. Medical Center. Walker and Gray were taken by ambulance to U.T. Medical Center, and Sparks was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service.
The Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Unit is continuing its investigation into the accident.