Driver faces homicide charges following Rockwood wreck

The driver who lost control of his vehicle faces vehicular homicide among other charges after he lost control of his car and slammed into a tree, killing his backseat passenger, Teri Stephenson, Monday evening.

Johnny Ray Foland (Courtesy: Roane Co. Sheriff's Office)

ROCKWOOD, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The driver who lost control of his vehicle faces vehicular homicide among other charges after he lost control of his car and slammed into a tree, killing his backseat passenger, Teri Stephenson, Monday evening.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Johnny Foland was heading west on Eagle Furnace Road around 7:00 p.m. when the 50 year-old lost control of his Chrysler Sebring on a curve near the Ledgerwood Lane intersection.

As Foland's car went off the right side of the road, he overcorrected and swung the car across the Eagle Furnace Road into oncoming lanes. Yanking the wheel back to the right, Foland lost control and his car spun off the road. It crashed into a utility pole and a tree before eventually came to a rest on its top.

Stephenson was partially thrown from the car in the wreck. She was reportedly not wearing a seat belt.

The passenger in the front seat, David Foland, was hurt as well. THP reports indicate Johnny Foland was not injured.

Johnny Foland has been charged with Vehicular Homicide, DUI, Driving on a Revoked License, Implied Consent Violation, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving a Fatality.

Foland is no stranger to authorities. His criminal record includes two prior DUIs, four driving on a revoke license convictions as well as multiple drug, public intoxication and disorderly conduct convictions.


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