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UPDATE: Driver arrested in 2013 fatal crash

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: Christopher James Hinnard, 35, was arrested Wednesday for vehicular homicide, failure to maintain lane and DUI after a fatal accident on Rossville Boulevard that claimed the life of Allen Phillips in 2013.

Hinnard had a $25,000 bond which he posted.

According to records from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Hinnard has a long history of driving offenses, including 3 previous DUI's.

PREVIOUS STORY: One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a fatal accident in the 2900 block of Rossville Boulevard around 7:30 Saturday evening.

Police say a white van, driven by 34-year-old Christopher Hinnard, was northbound on Rossville Blvd.

A black van, driven by 45-year-old Allen Phillips, was southbound on Rossville Blvd.

The white van drifted to the center of the road and then into oncoming traffic where it struck the black van.

Phillips was killed as a result of his injuries, and the driver of the white van is listed in critical condition.

Channel 3 talked to two witnesses who rushed to help, but they said there was nothing they could do.

Scott Summy gave us an eyewitness account of the crash.

"A white van was in front of us, and it just kind of turned across the road in front of the black and neither one of them never moved again. He just turned right into him," he said.


"I just heard this horrendous truck crash. I just happened to look left down the boulevard, and I saw the two vehicles," said Sylvester Daniels Jr., who works nearby. He said he went to help, but it was too late.


Police had all lanes of traffic blocked for hours. They reopened the roads around 10:30 p.m.

Daniels said accidents on that stretch of Rossville Boulevard are becoming all too common.

"This is a dangerous section of the boulevard because we just had an accident. A car went into a building over at the next block. It's just like a continuous thing that we're having accidents down in this area," he said.

Daniels tells us he thinks speeding is a big source of the problem, though police have not attributed it to Friday night's crash.

The cause of the crash is under investigation and charges may be pending.


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