Monroe publisher remembers little of wreck with repeat offender

Monroe County publisher remembers little of wreck with repeat offender

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Publisher Dan Hall does not remember much after crashing head-on with a vehicle October 1 on Highway 411 in Loudon County. Publisher Dan Hall does not remember much after crashing head-on with a vehicle October 1 on Highway 411 in Loudon County.
"We're going to keep pushing until they stiffen the penalties and put these people behind bars," Wes Hall said. "We're going to keep pushing until they stiffen the penalties and put these people behind bars," Wes Hall said.

BY MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Monroe County newspaper publisher Dan Hall says he does not remember much about the head-on crash that sent him to the hospital on October 1.

"It's all bits and pieces," the Madisonville native said. "I don't remember anything from the wreck. At all."

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash on Highway 411 in Loudon County was 42-year-old Nicholas Steffa.

Steffa is a repeat offender with a lengthy criminal history, including multiple DUIs and other felony charges.

Steffa was on Monroe County's Top Ten Most Wanted List in the past and was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck.

The crash left Hall with a lengthy list of injuries, including broken fingers, toes and a femur. He is currently resting at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Hall is publisher of the The Daily News Express in Madisonville.

Mementos from the wreck, like his car key that was bent in half by the impact. were gathered by his father. They show how much worse that day could have been.

"It really shows a lot about what really happened that day," Hall said.

Steffa was out on parole at the time of the wreck. He is currently in stable condition at UT Medical Center

Hall said intends to see Steffa back where he belongs.

"He's not getting away this time," Hall said. "He's pretty much in custody." 

Halls father, Wes, now wears a blue bracelet in honor of his son. He has joined forces with the mother of another victim of a crash caused by a repeat offender, Amanda Moore.

Moore's daughter, 16-year-old Amanda Keown, was killed in a car accident August 14 after 44-year-old John C. Perkins hit her vehicle head on, also on Highway 411. Perkins was believed to be impaired at the time as well. He was also killed in the accident.

Halls, Moore and Keown's grandfather Wayne, are now hoping to pass legislation known as Amelia's Law. The bill is aimed at keeping convicted felons in prison longer and strengthen parole procedures.

"We're going to keep pushing until they stiffen the penalties and put these people behind bars," Wes Hall said. "The criminals are killing citizens."

Dan Hall is now alive to tell his story, but he does not feel lucky. "Do I feel lucky? Not really. I was following the law, and I survived. There's no luck there."

Hall's paper will resume publishing Monday, the first issue since the accident.

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