It is very hard to be sympathetic to hit and run drivers- especially when they hit pedestrians.
Young people need to read this story and understand how a few seconds of not paying full attention to the road can kill people and make you fresh meat at the penitentiary.
Suspect charged with 3 counts vehicular homicide, turns himself in
Photo taken after a 2011 arrest in Knox County on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.(you don't say?) Charges later dropped. (really?)
Chasity Thornell was killed in an early morning apparent hit and run Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Nelzon Soto Sr. and wife Elvia Hercules (Nelzon also killed in hit and run as he was helping the pregnant blonde at 1:30 a.m.)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knox Co. Grand Jury indicted one man in connection with the hit and run that claimed the lives of a good Samaritan, a pregnant, young mother, and her unborn child, according to the Knoxville Police Dept.
Curtis Scott Harper turned himself in to police at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and is expected to be held on $300,000 bond. The 22 year-old is facing three counts of Vehicular Homicide and one count each of DUI, Tampering with Evidence, and Reckless Endangerment.
Harper's attorney, James Price of Nashville, told Local 8 News they planned for Harper to turn himself in once the Grand Jury brought charges.
Authorities believe he was behind the wheel of of the SUV that struck and killed Nelson Soto, Jr., Chasity Thornell, and her unborn child.
Harper had previous run ins with the law, according to authorities. Harper was arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop in Knox Co. last year, but charges were dismissed. In 2008, he was convicted of theft of property under $500 in Franklin, according to the Williamson Co. Sheriff's Office. His sentence was suspended after serving 48 hours at the Williamson Co. Jail.
Soto had reportedly just finished helping Thornell and another woman who had run out of gas in front of his home early in the morning last Wednesday when they were hit. Thornell was seven months pregnant.
Police reported they found pieces of Harper's 2004 Ford Explorer at the scene of the crash on Washington Pike early that morning. Traces of blood, skin and hair were also found on the car during the search. The car is registered to his parents, Pam and Herb Harper of Franklin, TN.
The warrant also claimed witnesses told police Harper admitted "He hit someone on the side of the road."
Harper graduated from the University of Tennessee in May 2012. He majored in Plant Sciences, with a concentration in Landscape Architecture and Design.