Officers say Blount Co. man caused fatal wreck the day after DUI arrest


BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Blount County man faces homicide charges after deputies say he caused a wreck that killed a Tellico Plains woman.

The wreck happened Monday morning on Hwy 411 near Springview Rd.

Lola Walker, 72, died Monday afternoon in the hospital.

Walker's lifelong friend, Bob Watson, said she was on the way home with her brother, James Gray. Deputies said Dyer was speeding on Hwy 411 and using the turn lane to pass other cars. He slammed into an oncoming car before smashing into Lola and James.

The Sheriff's Office says the driver who caused it, Jason Dyer, was arrested on Sunday for driving under the influence and drug possession. He then bonded out of jail.

The Sheriff's Office said when Dyer gets out of hospital he'll face vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless endangerment charges.

The driver of the first car, Haley Sparks, had minor injuries. Gray is also out of the hospital.

Watson grew up right down the street from Lola. He can't remember a time when she wasn't in his life.

"You know, the main thing about her, she was just a real good church lady," he said.

He describes her as an irreplaceable member of Cane Creek Baptist Church. He said she would do anything to help someone in need. And she never bragged about everything she did for her church.

"She sung in the choir. She's a good singer," he said.

Watson said it still hasn't sunk in that Lola's gone. But he knows she's in heaven.

"I don't know why the Lord takes the good ones," he said.

Dyer was supposed to be in court this Thursday for the first arrest Sunday morning. The Sheriff's Office said as soon as he's released from the hospital, he'll go to jail.


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