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No indictment: Grand jury returns no true bill in fatal Elizabethton Hwy. crash

March 31st, 2014 11:35 am by Staff Report

No indictment: Grand jury returns no true bill in fatal Elizabethton Hwy. crash

Chyanne Elizabeth Gobble (file booking photo)

ELIZABETHTON — A Carter County grand jury has elected not to indict a woman who reportedly admitted to leaving the scene of a crash on the Elizabethton Highway that left a pedestrian dead last year.

Chyanne Elizabeth Gobble, 20, 612 Maple St., was arrested in September on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

The grand jury recently returned a no true bill on the charge, a decision indicating that jurors found there was no probable cause or evidence to show that a crime had been committed.

The accident happened at just before 10 p.m. Sept. 12 on the Elizabethton Highway at Rio Vista Hill near the Happy Valley Memorial Park. Christopher Dale Hughes was was taken to Johnson City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead early the next morning.

Witnesses told police that the pedestrian had been struck in the road by a dark-colored sports utility vehicle.

Officer Trevor Salyer said approximately two hours after the accident, a man called 911 and reported that his granddaughter had struck something in the road on the Elizabethton Highway. Chief Greg Workman and Investigator and Investigator Joe Harrah of the Elizabethton Police Department made contact with Gobble, who was the granddaughter. Salyer reported that Gobble admitted to hitting something in the road and after hitting the object she did not stop. She said she went to her grandfather's residence.

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