Crash death charges dropped after defendant dies

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) -- Charges stemming from a fatal car crash in Washington County have been dropped after the defendant died.

According to the Johnson City Press, 53-year-old Jeffrey Lyons was facing charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, reckless aggravated assault and felony reckless endangerment.

A judge dismissed the charges this week after the defense attorney reported to the court that Lyons was dead. A death notice in the newspaper stated Lyons died "unexpectedly" on Aug. 26.

He had been charged in a July 2010 crash that killed 56-year-old Sharon Perkins.


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