Suspect in Wrong Way Interstate Crash Surrenders to Police

By: Stephen McLamb, Bureau Chief
By: Stephen McLamb, Bureau Chief

Knoxville (WVLT) - A man charged with the wrong-way interstate deaths of three young Knoxville teens turns hiimself in and now a family member of one of teens killed speaks out.

Thirty-three-year-old Clint Walker of Halls faces nearly a dozen charges in the deadly crash.

Volunteer TV's Gary Loe met with family members of one of the teenage victims and has the details.

The news, which we first reported on "First at 4," came crashing down on family members of Jessica Jones, who lost her life nearly seven months ago in that deadly crash. As you'll see in this emotional interview, family members still have difficulty restraining their strong feelings, after suddenly losing a loved one.

Family members fight back tears with news of a development in the Knoxville Police Department's seven-month-old wrong-way crash investigation.

Tonya Dudley is the aunt of 18-year-old Jessica Nicole Jones of Knoxville, who lost her life in the I-640 west Knoxville wreck February 25th.

"I said, oh god, momma, I love her more than anything. She didn't deserve this," Dudley said.

Walker turned himself in for booking on eleven charges. The pick-up truck driver was indicted August 23rd on six counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of reckless endangerment, and two counts of DUI. Twenty-year-old driver Nick McMillian, his 17-year-old brother Josh, and Jessica all perished in the head-on collision.

"Jessica's gone to be with God right now, but I want justice to be served the right way because it ain't been so far. He should have been arrested the night it happened and he wasn't," Dudley said.

The family's emotions spilled over when they first heard about Walker's indictment on our "First at 4" newscast.

"I just thought I was going to lose my mind," Dudley said. "Why did we have to see it on the news ourself? That's what hurt the most."

The Dudley's put memory stickers on all the family cars. They light a candle each day in remembrance of Jessica and Tonya Dudley often holds a keepsake lock of her neice's hair to help her cope with the family's loss.

"I just hope justice will be served in any way it can. I wish they'd put a hold on him, though, and he can't get out and kill again and drive drunk again," Dudley said.

KPD is not releasing Walker's blood-alcohol content. Walker previously pleaded guilty in 1997 to a reduced DUI charge of reckless endangerment.

Each vehicular homicide charge carries a prison sentence of 8-to-12 years and each reckless endangerment carries two-to-four years.


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