Knoxville fatal hit-and-run suspect released on bond

Knoxville fatal hit-and-run suspect released on bond

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Curtis Scott Harper (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Curtis Scott Harper (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The man charged with killing two adults and an unborn child in a hit-and-run in Knoxville last week was released on bond Friday morning.

Curtis Scott Harper, 22, a University of Tennessee graduate from Franklin, was released from the Knox County Detention Facility at 11:40 a.m. on a $300,000 bond.

Sean Sanford, with Harper's bonding company Sanford & Sons Bail Bonds, said, "Most people don't post $300,000 bonds. They wait in jail until their attorney works out a deal. Lots of people will post a property bond."

Harper is accused of driving a 2004 Ford Explorer that struck and killed Nelson A. Soto, 45, Chasity E. Thornell, 24, and her unborn child on May 30 as he drove on Washington Pike.

He's facing charges in an 11-count presentment including: three counts of vehicular homicide, three counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication, one count of driving under the influence, one count of tampering with evidence, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of leaving the scene of an accident and one count DUI second offense.

Harper is scheduled to be in court on June 18.

He was convicted of driving while intoxicated in North Carolina in April 2009. After pleading guilty, Harper served 48 hours in jail and received 12 months probation and a suspended license. A reckless driving charge against him was dropped.

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