Reeder Indicted for Vehicular Homicide in Fatal SUV Crash

August 15, 2010
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Dwayne Page
Dwayne Reeder

A 31 year old DeKalb County man has been named in a grand jury sealed indictment for vehicular homicide in an SUV crash at Dowelltown last December that claimed the life of another man.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says Dwayne Allen Reeder of McMinnville Highway, Smithville was arrested on Friday evening after being served with the indictment. His bond is $50,000 and he will appear for arraignment on Monday, August 16th in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

According to information released at the time by Lieutenant Randy Maynard of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Reeder, 39 year old Walter Redmon, 27 year old Courtney Paris and 41 year old Troy Edward Bain were traveling east on Highway 70 in a 1997 Ford Expedition. Reeder was operating the vehicle when he apparently fell asleep. The SUV went off the left side of the road and embankment. The vehicle overturned and plunged almost straight down to the creek below.

Among those responding were members of the DeKalb County Fire Department Extrication and Rescue Team, the Liberty Fire Station, DeKalb County Rescue Squad, DeKalb EMS, and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

Reeder, Redmon, and Paris were injured and transported by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital. Bain died in the crash. According to Lieutenant Maynard, Bain and Redmon, back seat passengers, were ejected. They were not wearing their seatbelts. Reeder and Paris, in the front seat, were apparently wearing their seatbelts.

The indictment alleges that on or about December 22nd, 2009, Dwayne Reeder did kill Troy Edward Bain, by the operation of an automobile, the killing of Bain being the proximate result of Dwayne Reeder's conduct which created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to a person, constituting the offense of Vehicular Homicide.

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