Woman charged in wrong-way wreck that killed man

Woman charged in wrong-way wreck that killed man

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Amber Maddox (Source: Facebook) Amber Maddox (Source: Facebook)
Jacob Ownby and his daughter (Source: Ownby family) Jacob Ownby and his daughter (Source: Ownby family)
Ownby's wife, Alex, was also hurt in the crash. She was 21 weeks pregnant at the time. Ownby's wife, Alex, was also hurt in the crash. She was 21 weeks pregnant at the time.
Ownby's vehicle after the wreck. (Source: Madisonville Daily Times) Ownby's vehicle after the wreck. (Source: Madisonville Daily Times)
Maddox's vehicle after the crash. (Source: Madisonville Daily Times) Maddox's vehicle after the crash. (Source: Madisonville Daily Times)

MADISONVILLE (WATE) - A Madisonville woman has been formally charged in an April incident that took the life of a Tellico Plains father.

Jacob Ownby, 21, was driving with his pregnant wife, Alex, and their young daughter on Highway 411 when he was hit head-on by Amber Maddox, 28.

Maddox was driving in the wrong lane and allegedly driving under the influence. Two children in her car were not restrained and were also injured in the accident.

Ownby suffered serious injuries, but was able to pull himself from his vehicle to check on his wife and daughter before he succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.

Maddox had her seven and five-year-old sons in the car with her at the time and neither were properly restrained.

Her five-year-old son was in the back seat. He suffered a fractured skull, broken back and had to be placed on life support at the hospital.

Her seven-year-old son also suffered head and facial injuries.

Maddox herself was also seriously injured and only recently released from the hospital.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol waited to file charges in the case until Maddox was released.

She is now charged with one count of vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault, one count of DUI, aggravated child abuse and child abuse.

She was also cited for having a mixed drink and margarita mix in her car, failing to exercise due care, not wearing a seat belt, not having insurance and not properly restraining her children.

Her husband later told police she had been drinking Jagermeister and Red Bull at their home before he left for work.

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