Intoxication is the reason Asia Smartt veered across the bypass median and slammed into another vehicle, killing one of its occupants.
That’s according to a seven-count indictment handed down Friday by the grand jury which charges Smartt with vehicular homicide. The charge is a Class B felony punishable by eight to 12 years in prison.
Smartt, 27, was also indicted for two counts of vehicular assault and two counts of reckless aggravated assault among other charges stemming from the Dec. 21, 2017 crash on Manchester Highway near McMinnville Funeral Home.
Fatally injured was John Winburn, 77, who was driving the vehicle hit by Smartt. His passenger, Patricia Winburn, 74, was injured.
According to the indictment, the death of Mr. Winburn was “the proximate result of Asia Jeanene Smartt’s intoxication.” The indictment does not indicate what substance caused Smartt’s intoxication.
The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21 as Smartt was driving a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder inbound on Manchester Highway, heading toward Walmart. Jay Fults was her passenger.
Witnesses said the Pathfinder drifted across the highway, went airborne when it hit a cement culvert in the median, and smashed the Winburn vehicle, a 2013 Chevy Cruze.
The force of impact knocked the Cruze down an embankment and left the Pathfinder on its side. Smartt and Fults were both airlifted. Patricia Winburn was transported to Saint Thomas River Park.
Smartt was also indicted for failure to maintain proper lane of travel and violation of the seatbelt law.