Victim’s sister reacts to charges filed in fatal wrong-way crash on Knoxville interstate

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Four-months after 33-year-old Kara Wakefield drove the wrong way down I-40 – which resulted in the death of 56-year-old Darrell Guilliams – Wakefield has now been charged.

“For almost four months, she’s been out living her life doing whatever she wanted to do and I just don’t feel like it’s been fair,” said Darrell’s sister, Linda Guilliams.

Wakefield was booked on charges including vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, DUI and violation of one-way traffic in a case we’ve been following since May.

“It won’t bring my brother back but people need to realize that there are laws and there are other people’s lives to be considered, and if she was caught in Loudon County driving drunk and then she came here and killed somebody… it’s been past time to take her off the road,” Guilliams said.

The crash took place on I-40 West at the ramp to I-640 East in May. One car traveling east in the westbound lanes struck another car head-on. 

Darrell Guilliams was struck and killed.

We spoke with his sister back in the spring, who told us Guilliams was on his way to work when this crash happened.

Wakefield had previously been arrested in Loudon County, accused of DUI, speeding and marijuana possession.

“If she’s not off the streets she’s subject to do something like that again, I mean it’s obvious the first one in Loudon County didn’t deter her,” Guilliams said.

Wakefield appeared in court Wednesday for her arraignment. The General Sessions Court in Loudon County confirmed Wakefield pleaded guilty to DUI on June 26 and the other three cases against her in that county were dismissed.

A SCRAM monitor bracelet has been placed on Wakefield, which can detect the alcohol limit in her body.

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