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Trial date set for driver in Sevier Co. triple-fatal crash

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A trial date has been set for a Maryville man facing several charges tied to a crash, which killed three family members in July 2012.

Shuan Dunlap, 27, was traveling from Gatlinburg to Blount County when crashed into a car on Wears Valley Road.

Troopers said he crossed the center lane and hit the vehicle carrying the Dembla family visiting from India. Dunlap said he may have fallen asleep at the wheel. The crash killed three of the four people inside the car. Only the daughter, Kanika, survived. She has since returned to India.

Dunlap's trial date is scheduled for July 17, 2013. The court has also set a motions hearing for April 15, 2013. Dunlap did not appear in court, and his attorney appeared on his behalf.

He faces multiple charges including several counts of reckless vehicular homicide, reckless homicide and reckless aggravated assault.

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(Jan. 14, 2012) The man who was driving the vehicle that caused a crash that killed three members of one family now faces charges.

Shaun Russell Dunlap is charged with 3 counts of reckless homicide and 2 counts of aggravated assault.

Dunlap was arrested on Friday, and posted bail the same day.

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(July 14, 2012) The driver who crashed into a small car carrying a family from India last weekend in Sevier County, killing three and severely injuring another, is out of the hospital.

Shaun Dunlap, 27, of Marvyille was released from UT Medical Center on Thursday, according to a hospital spokesman.

Dunlap told Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers he may have fallen asleep at the wheel last Saturday when he was driving from Gatlinburg to Blount County on Wears Valley Road. He crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a car carrying Ashish Dembla, his parents and his sister.

Dembla, 24, and his parents died on impact. His sister, Kanika Dembla, 20, survived but was critically injured. She was flown by Lifestar to UT Medical Center, where she was listed in serious condition Saturday morning.

In the week since the crash, many in East Tennessee's Hindi community have stepped up to offer help to the family, and a temple in Lenoir City organized the traditional Hindi last rites for the family.

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