Roane fender bender leads to killing

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

ROANE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- What started as a fender bender in the parking lot of Grill & Pub Bar just outside Harriman ended with David Harvey dead.

It went down around 2:30 Saturday morning when cops say Harvey accidentally drove into Eric Gallerher's car. A fight broke out. Detectives believe Gallaher delivered the fatal blow to Harvey's head.

"It's a little shocking because you don't realize what's going on down the street. Then again it's a bar, and you kind of wonder, well what is going on down there," said Kevin Sellars. He and his family live within walking distance of the bar. "I honestly don't let my children play out in the front yard."

Deputies say the bar has a long history of problems. "We've had numerous calls out there and we are still investigating a missing person case out there," said Tim Phillips with the Roane County Sheriff's Office.

"I'm not surprised by it. You hear sirens throughout the night sometimes and you wonder is it related to that bar," said Sellars.

Gallaher remains locked up in the Roane County Jail facing one count of reckless homicide. He's being held on a $50,000 bond.

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