Driver in deadly Tomato Head crash receives probation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The man who crashed into the Tomato Head restaurant on Kingston Pike, killing a woman, will serve no jail time.

Dewayne Edward Kelley pleaded guilty in court Friday morning and was sentenced to two years probation. He will also have his driver's license revoked for two years.

Kelley was behind the wheel of a rental car when he slammed into the restaurant and then plowed through Wild Birds Unlimited just next door.

The crash killed Bledsoe County Middle School principal Deborah Thompson.

Police say Thompson was standing at the counter with her husband when she was hit. He was not injured.

Investigators say alcohol was not a factor in the crash.


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