NEWPORT, Tenn. (July 18, 2011)—An official at a company that makes automotive accessories from plastic and rubber faces charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence after allegedly striking two bicyclists on a highway July 12, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report.
The report said two bicyclists were traveling north on Highway 73 when they were allegedly struck from behind by a 2001 GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by Dan Ford, 73, of Cosby, Tenn.
Katelin Richardson, 22, of Jeffersonville, Vt., died. She was not wearing a helmet, but the officer's opinion in the report was that it would not have made a difference.
The second bicyclist, Rachel Warren, 19, of Seattle, was not injured.
According to local reports, Ford is CEO and founder of AeroPro LLC, a maker of splash guards and equine products. He was arraigned and released on $50,000 bond.