Witnesses: Wrong-way car intentionally tried to strike other vehicles

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The car going the wrong way on Interstate 40 Saturday morning tried to hit an ambulance and appeared to intentionally hit another car, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report.

A car being driven by Kara Denise Wakefield, 30, of Knoxville was going the east in the westbound lanes of I-40 near the I-640 interchange when it struck a car being driven by Darrell Guilliams, 56. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wakefield was transported to UT Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. A dog in Wakefield’s vehicle died.

A witness in a car behind Guilliams said Wakefield’s car “made an aggressive move to try to intentionally strike” Guilliams car, the THP report said.

Witnesses in the ambulance said the same car had tried to strike the ambulance moments before near the Papermill exit, according to the THP report.

The results of a blood sample taken from Wakefield hasn’t been released, but she was charged in Loudon County in November 2018 with driving under the influence and simple possession. The latest hearing on those charges is scheduled for next week. 

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