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Driver charged in death of Roan Mountain teen in 2018 crash

John Thompson • Mar 30, 2019 at 12:04 AM

ELIZABETHTON — A Kingsport man has been charged in a March 2018 traffic accident that killed Brandi Thompson, 17, of Roan Mountain. She was a junior at Cloudland High School.

Cory Ray Mowdy, 30, has been arrested following a grand jury indictment charging him with aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. The Carter County grand jury met March 8.

The charges stem from a head-on collision between two cars that took place around 5 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2018, on U.S. Highway 19E. The crash was investigated by Trooper Timothy Wolfenbarger of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Wolfenbarger reported that Mowdy had been driving a 1991 Honda Accord north on U.S. Highway 19E when he crossed the double yellow line and struck a 2003 Saturn head-on.

The trooper said Thompson was a passenger in the Saturn and was killed in the crash. Another passenger in the Saturn, Hunter Poteat, 16, Elk Park, N.C., was injured in the collision. The Saturn’s driver, Tiffany Triplett, 19, was reported to be uninjured.

Following his 2019 indictment, Mowdy was arrested by Hickory, N.C., Police on March 23.

Mowdy was booked into the Carter County Jail on Thursday. He is being held in pretrial confinement, with bond set at $150,000. He is scheduled for his first appearance on the charge during the next session of Carter County Criminal Court.

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