Sevierville man charged in fatal wreck
A local man is facing charges including aggravated vehicular homicide after he allegedly caused a three-car wreck on John Sevier Highway over the weekend that killed a father traveling with his family and caused the road to be closed for hours.
Scott Spangler, 49, of Sevierville, was allegedly driving west on John Sevier Highway in Knox County at about 6:15 p.m. Friday when he crossed the center line and struck another car, causing that vehicle to spin back into a third car traveling behind it.
The impact killed Benjamin L. Woodruff, 38, of Knoxville, who was driving the vehicle Spangler struck. It also injured Woodruff’s 6-year-old son, Ethan Woodruff, along with his 4-year-old daughter, Kathleen Woodruff. Ethan Woodruff was in critical condition Wednesday, according to friends of the family.
It also injured the driver of the third car, 49-year-old Roy Hensley, of Greeneville, along with his passengers, 32-year-old Bradley Silvers, also of Greenville, and 58-year-old James T. Barthelmy, of Del Rio.
Spangler also suffered injuries in the wreck.
Reports indicate he had a a marijuana pipe in his possession, and investigators believe he may have been drinking as well. He was charged with driving while revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of vehicular assault.
Ben Woodruff was the husband of Beth Woodruff, a longtime employee at WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge.
The attraction will not open until 4 p.m. today so that staff members can go to Woodruff’s funeral service, a spokesperson said Tuesday.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Woodruff Family,” Jackie Vasquez said.
A memorial account has been set up in memory of Benjamin Woodruff at Tennessee State Bank. “Donations made to this account will go directly to his wife Beth for their family’s needs during this difficult time,” Vasquez said.
Donations can be sent by money wire or in person at any Tennessee State Bank. Tell the TSB employee that the money is to be deposited into the account For Benefit of Ben Woodruff, #1200968.