Driver in fatal crash on drugs

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By Damon Lawrence

The woman charged in a deadly car crash reportedly tested positive for drugs.

Crystal D. Rogers was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 19 for vehicular homicide – intoxication, vehicular homicide by recklessness, two counts of vehicular assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, DUI and child endangerment.

Laura Carmley, a 25-year-old Philadelphia resident, was killed in the Oct. 9, 2016, wreck.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Carmley was a passenger in Rogers’ 2004 Chevy Impala. The car was headed north on Dry Fork Valley Road when it crossed the centerline and sideswiped a 1999 Chevy Tahoe.

The Impala struck an embankment and rolled over. The driver of the Tahoe, Christina M. Beasley, and another passenger in the Impala, a 7-year-old, were injured in the wreck.

The report said Rogers was given a blood test after the crash, and the results showed she tested for methamphetamines and amphetamines.

She had an arraignment scheduled last week and her next court date is Nov. 17. Rogers is represented by the Public Defender’s Office.