Johnson City woman arrested in Knoxville, charged with Washington County vehicular homicide

Becky Campbell • Updated Dec 10, 2019 at 9:41 AM

A Johnson City woman who drove off from a wreck she allegedly caused, fled a disturbance call in town, then proceeded to hit another vehicle that killed a woman, was arraigned on vehicular homicide and related charges Monday in Washington County Sessions Court.

Deborah K. Myers, 59, 818 Pardee St., has three sets of charges against her from three agencies.

It all happened on Nov. 29, beginning around 11 a.m. Washington County Deputy Roger Antone responded to a hit and run on Highway 11E. According to court records, a white Lincoln MKZ with a handicapped license plate made an illegal lane change and sideswiped another car, then drove away.

During that investigation, Antone learned the same vehicle had been involved in a hit and run fatal crash later the same day.

Prior to the fatal crash, Johnson City police were dispatched to at a house on East Myrtle Street around 8:30 p.m. that same day about an unwanted person knocking on the door. The residents of the home told police they didn’t know the woman, later identified as Myers, knocking on their door.

She left the scene before the officer arrived, but they located her based on a description of the vehicle she was driving — a white Lincoln MKZ with a handicapped license plate.

Officers found Myers at a vacant residence on New Street, and she was knocking on the door and told police her pets were dead inside. She also thought the day, Nov. 29, was Dec. 23.

Because of the woman’s behavior, officers asked if she was willing to get checked out at the hospital. Myers agreed to go to Franklin Woods but not the Johnson City Medical Center because JCMC “always sends her to Woodridge,” Officer J. Guzman wrote in a court record.

He and another officer were making arrangements to have an ambulance dispatched to the scene when Myers got into her car and sped off.

Officers pursued Myers, but she was able to evade them and get away.

Around 9:15 p.m., Myers was involved in another hit and run on Highway 11E in which the other driver said her vehicle was rammed from behind several times before she lost control and went over an embankment and flipped, according to a court document filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper J.DS. Gregory.

Myrna Cannon, 61, died in the crash at the intersection of Telford Road. Christopher Ricker, 49, Greeneville, was injured.

The THP said Lisa Brown, 48, Greeneville was southbound on 11E in a Chevrolet Equinox with Cannon and Ricker as passengers. A Lincoln MKZ driven by Deborah Myers, 59, Johnson City, rear-ended Brown’s vehicle. The Equinox spun around, left the road over an embankment, flipped and landed against a tree.

The charges against Myers include:

• From WCSO: reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a vehicle, illegal lane change and failure to exercise due care

• From JCPD: felony evading arrest and reckless driving.

• From THP: vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident involving death and two counts of aggravated assault.

Myers was found in Knoxville later that same night and taken into custody on the outstanding warrants in Johnson City and Washington County. She was arraigned Monday and held in the Washington County Detention Center on $96,000 in bonds. Her next court date was set for later this month.

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