Woman charged in car crash fatality
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Feb 05, 2014 | 3619 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Tennessee Highway Patrol officials charged a Cleveland woman with vehicular homicide after a fatal crash during the weekend that killed a Chattanooga man.

Trooper Philip Reagan investigated the crash involving Pamela A. Irwin, 26, of Cleveland.

The crash occurred Sunday just before 7 a.m.

Irwin and the fatality victim, Johnny L. Sorenson, 20, were traveling west on Highway 64 near Ocoee Express, when the 1991 Lincoln they were in left the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned several times.

Reagan said the vehicle came to rest on the passenger side.

The car caught fire and Sorenson was reportedly trapped inside.

West Polk Fire and Rescue and Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene.

According to the report, Irwin and Sorenson were wearing their seat belts. Alcohol use and high speed were believed to be factors in the cause of the crash.

Reagan said Irwin is expected to make an appearance in Polk County General Sessions Court today.

Investigation is continuing.