Family of Knoxville crash victim hopes justice is served

Family of Knoxville crash victim hopes justice is served

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Jim Barthelmy (source: Family photo) Jim Barthelmy (source: Family photo)
Scott Spangler (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Scott Spangler (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
"I wish they would prosecute the first time they find somebody driving drunk on the road because horrible things can happen if they let them keep getting away with it," said Roxanne Barthelmy. "I wish they would prosecute the first time they find somebody driving drunk on the road because horrible things can happen if they let them keep getting away with it," said Roxanne Barthelmy.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Friends and family of one of the victims in a deadly crash are speaking out as their loved one is back in the hospital, still dealing with life threatening injuries from the wreck.

Scott Spangler, 49, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault, driving on a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Spangler was scheduled to be in court Thursday morning, but the hearing was reset.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol believes he was under of the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

Officials say Spangler was driving his Chevrolet Blazer on Governor John Sevier Highway August 23, when he crossed the center line crashing into Woodruff's sedan.

The sedan then spun out of control, hitting the mini-van Jim Barthelmy was riding in.

Barthelmy was severely injured in the crash. His wife said Thursday he's back in the hospital, still fighting for his life due to complications from the injuries he sustained in the wreck.

She hopes others learn from the pain her family has been going through, all because someone allegedly drove under the influence.

"It hasn't been easy. I've almost lost my husband four times. He was on life support three times after the accident," said Roxanne Barthelmy.

Family and friends say before the crash, Jim Barthelmy was a happy go lucky man who loved life and stayed active. Since the accident, he's been forced to spend many hours in a hospital bed.

"My husband is broken. His spirit is broken. His insides are broken. He had eight broke ribs, a broke sternum, blood in his lungs. Now we are dealing with kidney problems and lung problems again," said Mrs. Barthelmy.

Benjamin Woodruff was killed in the same crash. His two small children were injured, including 8-year-old Ethan Woodruff, who is still in the hospital unable to eat, walk or talk.

"I just hope everybody ends up okay and that [Spangler] gets what's coming to him," said Mrs. Barthelmy.

Warrants state when officers arrived to the scene of the crash, Scott Spangler was urinating in the middle of the road, had slurred speech and was confused about his direction of travel. Court records show he's been convicted of five previous DUI offenses.

Roxanne Barthelmy wants repeat offenders off the roads and behind bars.

"I wish they would prosecute the first time they find somebody driving drunk on the road because horrible things can happen if they let them keep getting away with it," said Barthelmy.

Friends and family of Barthelmy want justice to be served. They also hope talking about the crash sends a message for people to never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The families of those injured are still paying on medical bills. They say the crash not only caused them physical harm it also caused many financial burdens.

Scott Spangler is scheduled to be back in court on November 13.

You can stay up to date on 8-year-old Ethan Woodruff's progress online.

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