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Arraignment scheduled for woman charged with homicide in 2010 fatality

September 20th, 2011 11:26 pm by Becky Campbell

A Harrogate woman, who investigators say was using a cell phone and had drugs in her system when she crashed into a parked car killing a Greene County man last year, will be arraigned Friday in Washington County Criminal Court.
Andrea Leigh Nantz, 24, 113 Harrogate Drive, was indicted in July on a charge of criminally negligent homicide. The charge stems from a June 16, 2010, crash on U.S. Highway 11E in which Nantz hit a parked car.
Floyd Watts, 77, 107 Ashland Drive, Greeneville, died after his car was hit by Nantz’s.
District Attorney General Tony Clark said the crash was investigated as a vehicular homicide, but while toxicology results showed several drugs in Nantz’s system, the levels were too low to levy that charge.
“Our forensic toxicologist said even with the drugs in her system, he couldn’t testify that she was impaired,” Clark said.
Nantz didn’t have alcohol in her blood, but did have trace amounts of amphetamines, methamphetamine oxycodone and marijuana metabolite.
A Washington County Sheriff’s Office crash report also indicated there was a phone call made just before the crash and the “line remained open for six minutes and 40 seconds, well into the time the crash occurred.”
A passenger in Nantz’s car, Theodore Creech, also of Harrogate, told a deputy that he was asleep when the crash happened and had not used the phone.
Witnesses told investigators the 2001 Jeep Cherokee had been driving normally and appeared to be traveling the speed limit when the crash happened.
Watts was sitting in his 2001 Subaru Outback that was parked on the eastbound shoulder of the highway a half-mile west of Limestone Ruritan Road around 10 a.m.
The crash report does not indicate why Watts was parked on the side of the road.
Nantz was traveling east on U.S. Highway 11E and suddenly swerved off the road and hit Watts’ car. The Outback rolled off the shoulder into a grassy area while the Cherokee rolled onto its top and slid several feet.
Watts was taken to Johnson City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Nantz was indicted on the charge in February, but wasn’t arrested until July 7. She posted a $50,000 bond in August.

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