SEYMOUR — A former New Center School teacher is facing vehicular homicide charges after Tennessee Highway Patrol reported she was drunk when she crossed the centerline of Boyds Creek Highway Tuesday afternoon and struck another car head-on, fatally injuring a Sevierville woman.
Katelin Noell Parrish, 33, of Seymour, was being held at the Sevier County Jail in lieu of $65,000 bond.
Sevier County School System spokesman Tony Ogle said she resigned from her teaching position Wednesday.
“Sevier County School System officials became aware of the tragic auto accident involving one of our teachers late in the afternoon on Nov. 16,” Ogle said. “On the morning of Nov. 17, this teacher resigned from her position with the school system.
“Though our deepest sympathies go out to the accident victim and her family members, Sevier County Schools would refer all other questions related to this matter to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.”
Ogle said Parrish had taken Tuesday off and was not at New Center School that day.
Parrish was driving a Chevy Equinox east on Boyds Creek Highway near Vista Lane when she crossed the centerline and collided with a Ford Escape driven by 50-year-old William Good, of Sevierville, reports said.
Good was injured in the wreck and a passenger in his car, 77-year-old Yvonne Good, died from injuries sustained in the wreck.
THP Trooper Nathan Breeze reported Parrish appeared intoxicated when he arrived at the scene.
“She admitted to drinking and taking prescription medications prior to the crash and stated she did not consume anything after the crash,” Breeze reported.
“Inside the vehicle was an empty wine bottle, a full bottle of vodka, and an opened bottle of vodka with some liquid missing.”
Parrish is now charged with DUI, driving left of center, reckless endangerment, and open container violation as well as vehicular homicide.
She was also injured in the wreck, but was arrested once she was released from a local hospital.
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