Case of man charged in deadly West Knoxville I-40 crash bound to

Case of man charged in deadly West Knoxville I-40 crash bound to grand jury

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Francisco Javier Zarete-Rodriguez (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Francisco Javier Zarete-Rodriguez (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The case of the man charged with hitting and killing two pedestrians and injuring another along Interstate 40 in West Knoxville several weeks ago was bound over to the grand jury Monday.

Francisco Javier Zarete-Rodriguez, 20, faces vehicular homicide and other charges in the incident from late April. Police say he plowed into Jake Jennings, Brittany Branch and her fiance Joshua Hensley.

Previous story: 2 dead, 1 transported to hospital following I-40 crash

Jennings had pulled over along I-40 near Cedar Bluff to help out Branch and Hensley whose car had broken down.

Jennings and Hensley were killed. Branch was seriously injured.

A preliminary hearing was held for Rodriguez Monday afternoon. His case was bound over to the grand jury.

For now, Rodriguez will be held on a $60,000 bond. If he bonds out, the court says he is not allowed to drive and must wear a GPS monitoring unit.
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