Fatal wreck could mean charges for local woman

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Victim wasn’t wearing seatbelt, but trooper said it probably wouldn’t have helped

By Damon Lawrence

A Knoxville woman who was injured in a Roane County car accident died Sunday night.

A Harriman woman could face charges for the wreck, which occurred on Nov. 6 on Hwy. 61 at the intersection of Shady Road.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Debbie L. Johnson of Knoxville was traveling south on the highway in a Toyota Avalon.

She was waiting to make a left turn when her vehicle was rear-ended by a Kia Sedona minivan driven by 36-year-old Rebecca L. Phillips of Harriman.

Johnson, 61, was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

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