According to a report filed by Lt. Patrick Bennett of the Erwin Police Department, the crash occurred March 14 near Valley Funeral Home on North Main Avenue.
Bennett reported that Anthony A. Overstreet was driving a white Honda Civic del Sol at a very high rate of speed, north on North Main near China Kitchen when he lost control, crossed the oncoming traffic lane and struck a curb at 1071 N. Main, nearly hitting a woman who was standing in her yard only a few feet away.
Upon hitting the curb, the car went airborne, traveled approximately 50 feet through the air and skidded another 50 feet through the grass before striking a guy wire and several sign posts and coming to rest at the edge of a funeral home parking lot.
Patrick reported the car’s passenger, Elizabeth Inez Lopez-Jones, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown into the driver’s side windshield and back into the passenger’s seat, resulting in life-threatening injuries from which she died on March 23 after nine days in a hospital.
Based on evidence gathered at the scene and multiple eyewitness accounts, Patrick reported Overstreet was driving the car in a reckless and careless manner that created a risk of serious injury or death and resulted in the serious injury and death of Lopez-Jones.
In addition to vehicular homicide, he is charged with two counts of felony reckless endangerment, speeding, driving on a revoked license and failure to provide insurance.
Patrick reported that at the time of the crash, Overstreet’s license was revoked on a 2013 drunken driving conviction in Greene County.
He is being held under $100,000 bond and is scheduled for a hearing in Unicoi County Sessions Court on April 24.
Lopez-Jones was the mother of eight children ranging in age from 6 to 17. Donations to assist the children may be made in her honor at Clinchfield Federal Credit Union in Erwin.