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Accused in fatality misses hearing

September 21st, 2011 9:16 pm by Becky Campbell

A Johnson City woman charged in a 2009 traffic crash fatality failed to show up for court Wednesday, and a judge issued a warrant for her arrest.
Rachel M. Proffitt, 25, is charged with vehicular homicide by reckless operation of a vehicle. The charge stems from a two-vehicle crash on Conklin Road that killed Misty D. Briggs, 28, of Jonesborough.
Shortly after the crash, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Proffitt fell asleep at the wheel and crossed over the center line.
Proffitt was traveling north on Conklin Road around 8 p.m. on July 7, 2009. Her 2004 Volkswagen Jetta drifted across the center line into the path of a southbound 1994 Saturn driven by Thomas A. Briggs, 20, Jonesborough.
Misty Briggs was a front-seat passenger in the Saturn and a child was also in the vehicle.
THP Sgt. Diane Mays said Thomas Briggs swerved into the northbound lane to avoid Proffitt’s car, but Proffitt also swerved back toward her own lane, and the two vehicles collided at the center line.
“It was a severe crash, right front to right front, and even though all people in both vehicles were belted in and air bags deployed, Mrs. Briggs did not survive the impact,” Mays said after the crash.
Proffitt was indicted by a grand jury in June. Wednesday’s court hearing was her second scheduled appearance and she was supposed to have hired an attorney by then.
Proffitt will be scheduled for another hearing after she is arrested.

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