Man accused of causing deadly Blount Co. accident recently charg

Man accused of causing deadly Blount Co. accident recently charged with DUI

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Jason Dyer (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Jason Dyer (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
One woman was killed, and three others were injured in the crash on Highway 411 Monday morning. (source: Melissa Gurley Glidewell) One woman was killed, and three others were injured in the crash on Highway 411 Monday morning. (source: Melissa Gurley Glidewell)
"It just freaked me out. It was a life-changing experience," said victim Haley Sparks, 19. "It just freaked me out. It was a life-changing experience," said victim Haley Sparks, 19.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - The man officials say is responsible for a deadly accident in Blount County Monday is now facing several charges.

One woman was killed, and three others were injured in the crash on Highway 411 Monday morning.

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The driver accused of causing the accident was recently released on bond for driving under the influence.

Blount County deputies say Jason Dyer, 27, will be charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, and reckless endangerment after he is released from UT Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.

Dyer was arrested for DUI early Sunday morning and released from jail just a few hours later.

Officials say they do not have reason to believe he was under the influence at the time of this accident, but some believe his previous charge should have kept him off the road.

"It just freaked me out. It was a life-changing experience," said Haley Sparks, 19.

Sparks was driving her brand new red Firebird down Highway 411 Monday morning when the unexpected happened.

"I seen this white car coming in the median, like coming my way," she said.

Deputies say Dyer was passing people in the turning lane when he lost control, slamming into two oncoming cars. One of those was Sparks's.

"I started spinning and the airbag hit me," she said.

Sparks fractured her skull.

The other car was driven by Lola Walker, 72. She was killed. Her passenger was her brother, James L. Gray, 76. He was treated and released from UT Medical Center.

"I got out and I was really mad and then I was like why isn't anybody doing anything? Is everybody else ok?" said Sparks.

Sparks says she learned later that Dyer had been charged with DUI the day before and released just hours later.

Dyer also had a previous DUI charge in 2005.

"It's really immature actually, and why would you put someone else's life in danger like that?" said Sparks.

Deputies say anyone charged with DUI is held for four hours, but can be released after that.

"That happens every day. Once they've been arrested for DUI they're booked in, held for a few hours then released on bond," said Lt. Randy Ailey with the Blount County Sheriff's Office.

Sparks says she thinks something needs to be changed because a life could have been saved.

"It still just shocks me every time I think about it, that I'm still here talking to people. I really shouldn't be," she said.

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