Shawn David Toll, 39, has been charged with vehicular homicide and two counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
The crash occurred Sept. 20.
Ciara Alexis Pagan was the rear-seat passenger in Toll’s Ford Mustang when it went out of control, left the roadway on Brian Circle and struck a utility pole. The car reportedly overturned. Two other juveniles were also inside the vehicle, according to initial investigative reports filed by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
Toll was also hospitalized for injuries he received during the crash.
Bradley County Traffic Unit investigators returned to the scene a few days after the crash and completed a Total-Station mapping scenario, documenting the event for evidentiary reasons.
According to reports, Pagan died at the scene. Another 13-year-old wasn’t injured, but a 14-year-old was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, said in a media release that “intoxication and speed were factors” in the cause of the crash.
“Sheriff Jim Ruth reminds motorists to exercise extra caution while traveling over the upcoming holidays,” Gault said. “Ms. Pagan is one of seven lives lost in traffic crashes this year in Bradley County,” he said.
“Our deputies are working hard to keep the fatality count from going higher for the remainder of this year,” Ruth stressed. “We are asking for the public to do their part by slowing down, watching out for other motorists and never getting behind the wheel while impaired.”
Assistant District Attorney General Brooklynn Townsend is set to prosecute the case.
She said this morning that Toll will be arraigned on the charges Jan. 13.