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Steelman Back in Jail on Increased Charge and Bond

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Steven D. Steelman, Jr, of Knoxville who was arrested for vehicular homicide and DUI Sunday afternoon, is in the Roger D. Wilson Facility Tuesday evening.  Judge Patricia Long upped the charge to aggravated vehicular homicide and increased his bond to $230,000.  He bonded out yesterday morning on a $39,000 bond.  He was taken into custody Tuesday around 2 p.m.

The incident occurred Sunday shortly after noon when Steelman’s car slid across West Beaver Creek hitting a utility pole and a tree.  He told officers he was attempting to avoid another vehicle.  He also stated that he had consumed approximately a half gallon of moonshine and had been consuming drugs prior to driving the car.  According to the report, he was unsteady on his feet, had watery, red blood shot eyes, a slurred speech, and an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and breath.  A records check showed that Steelman was driving on a revoked license for a previous DUI conviction.  He consented to a field sobriety test and officers stated that he performed poorly.  He also consented to have a sample of his blood tested for alcohol.

Steelman’s 10 year old son, Steven Steelman, III, was riding in the passenger’s side of the car and was pronounced dead at U.T. Medical Center.  Steelman’s 11 year old nephew was also injured and transported to U.T. for treatment.

 

 

West Beaver Creek Drive Fatality Victim Identity Released

Monday, 24 November 2014

The name of the child killed yesterday in a single-vehicle wreck on West Beaver Creek Drive has been released. He is 10-year-old Steven Steelman III of Knoxville.

Steelman’s father, 33-year-old Steven Steelman, Jr. was traveling eastbound on West Beaver Creek Drive around 12:00 p.m. near the 4100 block when he lost control of his 2003 Ford Focus. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a telephone pole and a tree on the passenger side.

Steelman III was riding in the front seat and was pronounced dead on scene.  11-year-old Nathan Lawson of Knoxville was in the back seat and was transported to UT Medical Center by Rural Metro for non-life-threatening injuries.

Steelman was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported for a blood draw. He is charged with vehicular homicide, third offense DUI, vehicular assault, driving on a revoked license, driving without insurance, and reckless driving with a total bond amount of $39,000.

It is unknown at this time whether or not seat belts were worn.

 

 

West Beaver Creek Drive Fatality

Sunday, 23 November 2014

One child is dead following a single-vehicle crash this afternoon. According to the initial investigation, around 12:05 p.m., 33-year-old Steven Steelman, Jr. was traveling eastbound on West Beaver Creek Drive near the 4100 block when he lost control of his 2003 Ford Focus. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a telephone pole and a tree on the passenger side.

One juvenile passenger in the front seat was pronounced dead on scene.  A juvenile passenger in the back seat was transported to UT Medical Center by Rural Metro.

Steelman was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported for a blood draw. He is charged with vehicular homicide, third offense DUI, driving on a revoked license, driving without insurance, and reckless driving with a total bond amount of $39,000.

It is unknown at this time whether or not seat belts were worn. More details will be released later.

 

 

Pedestrian Struck and Killed on Clinton Highway

Saturday, 22 November 2014

A 68 year old man was stuck by a van as he crossed Clinton Highway Saturday evening.  The victim was crossing from the Clark Motel over to a gas station around 6:53 when a woman driving a 2006 Nissan Quest struck him. He was transported to U.T. Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.  His identity isn’t being released until his family has been notified.  A witness told officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office that she was crossing with the man, but went back because the traffic was too close.  No charges will be filed against the driver because she was unable to avoid the accident.

 

 

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