Thursday, 18 August 2011 00:00

Whitehaven Man Indicted for Vehicular Homicide

August 18, 2011- Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich announced that Cordell Johnson, age 30, has been indicted for the death of Ariel N. Williams, and the injury of a male earlier this year.
According to the investigation, on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at approximately 8:00 PM, Johnson was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer northward on Millbranch Road, south of Winchester, when he struck Ariel N. Williams and a male, who were both pedestrians attempting to cross Millbranch near Victoria. Johnson fled the scene in the SUV and was detained a short distance away from the initial crash scene.
Ariel Williams and the male were both transported to the Regional Medical Center by ambulance. Ariel Williams died shortly upon arrival. The male victim sustained critical injuries and was treated and released a few days later.
Near the scene, Memphis Police officers located and arrested Johnson. He is charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence, driving while license suspended, reckless driving, public intoxication and violation of the financial responsibility law.
In Tennessee, a person convicted of vehicular homicide while under the influence of an intoxicant could face a sentence ranging from 8 years to 30 years imprisonment.