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Man charged in death of former lawmak

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Police have charged an East Tennessee man in a hit-and-run crash that fatally injured a former lawmaker.

The Kingsport Times News  reports 61-year-old Michael K. Locke died after being hit by a car Monday evening while putting up campaign signs for Bud Hulsey, who is running for the 2nd District State House seat.

Locke, who has been involved in Sullivan County politics for 25 years, briefly served in the position after the 2002 death of Rep. Keith Westmoreland.

Police have charged James D. Hamm Jr. of Kingsport with vehicular homicide by intoxication, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a collision involving a fatality, and failure to maintain proper control of a vehicle.

Hamm is being held without bond. It wasn't immediately clear whether he has an attorney.