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Wrong way driver gets four years for vehicular homicide

Jeff Bobo • Oct 12, 2019 at 11:30 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County woman who caused the death of her passenger and critically injured an elderly couple in a 2017 wrong-way crash on Highway 11-W  in Mooresburg was sentenced to four years Friday in Criminal Court.

Remonia Blevins also listened to two heartwrenching victim impact statements — one from the mother of the man who died, Bobby Lewis, 42; and from the son of the elderly couple Frank and Susan Farrow, who were seriously injured and later passed away.

The crash occurred on the night of Oct. 20, 2017, while Blevins, 47, 667 Heck Branch Hollow Road, Rogersville, was driving a 1994 Toyota westbound in the eastbound lane of 11-W in Mooresburg on the far west end of Hawkins County.

Her Toyota reportedly collided with a 2009 Ford Ranger driven by Frank Farrow of Rogersville, who was 85 at the time.

The Farrows were seriously injured and later died, although Assistant Attorney General Ryan Blackwell stated in court that their deaths couldn't medically be linked to the crash.

Although drug and alcohol use wasn't alleged in the indictments, Blackwell noted that alcohol containers were located in Blevins' vehicle. Blevins was flown from the crash scene via helicopter rescue and no blood sample was taken.

Third Judicial District Attorney General Dan Armstrong told the Times News when she was indicted last year that the act of driving on the wrong side of the highway constitutes sufficient reckless behavior to merit the Class C felony vehicular homicide charge.

A more serious Class B felony vehicular homicide charge is placed with the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Blevins offered an Alford Plea Friday before Judge John Dugger to one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of reckless aggravated assault.

An Alford Plea is not an admission of guilt, but acknowledges that evidence is sufficient to convict. Blevins reportedly stated that she doesn't remember the crash.

She must serve 30 percent of her four-year sentence before she is eligible for parole, and her drivers license is revoked for five years.

Blackwell read the victim impact statement written by Lewis' mother who said she doesn't hate Blevins. She forgives Blevins. Lewis' mother also expressed anger, however, for Blevins taking her son away from her.

Mr. and Mrs. Farrow's son Daniel Farrow noted during his statement that his father suffered two strokes after the crash, and he had to leave his job in Missouri and move to Rogersville to be their caretakers. He said the crash took away their ability to be self-sufficient and hastened the end of his parents’ lives.

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