Woman sentenced to 30 days in jail for leaving scene of fatal accident

John Thompson • Jul 26, 2014 at 9:34 AM

ELIZABETHTON — A woman who accidentally struck and killed a man on Rio Vista Hill in September was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years of probation.

Chyanne Elizabeth Gobble, 21, appeared in Criminal Court on Thursday, where Judge Robert Cupp pronounced the sentence. Gobble will serve her probation with the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole. She began serving her sentence in the Carter County Jail at 7 a.m. Friday. Cupp denied a request for judicial diversion in the case.

Gobble was convicted of leaving the scene after she struck a pedestrian, Christopher Dale Hughes, around 10 p.m. Sept. 12. Hughes was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center by the Carter County Rescue Squad, where he died around 3 a.m. Sept. 13.

The Elizabethton Police Department and the Elizabethton Fire Department responded to the accident. Witnesses told investigators 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 said his granddaughter had struck something in the road on the Elizabethton Highway.

Chief Greg Workman 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.

Harrah also took photographs of Gobble’s black Kia Soul to document damage to the vehicle.

Gobble was arrested on the leaving the scene charge and was arraigned in Sessions Court. She was bound to the grand jury Dec. 27, but the first time a grand jury heard the case, it returned a no true bill in March.

Another grand jury did indict her on the charge of leaving the scene of the accident without first reporting the accident to proper authorities.

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