Woman pleads guilty in DUI crash that killed Knoxville man

 (WBIR-KNOXVILLE)  A Knox County woman has pleaded guilty to killing a man while driving drunk.

According to Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen, Joyce Darlene Scott, 50, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and was sentenced to serve eighteen years behind bars. She had two previous convictions for DUI when the crash happened.

The crash happened on Texas Avenue on November 8, 2013. The car Scott was driving crashed into a utility pole before driving into an auto parts store. Scott admitted to officers that she'd been drinking, but said she had swerved to avoid hitting an animal in the road.

Her passenger, Norman Connatser, 53, of Knoxville, was killed.
"This is yet another tragic example of the danger of impaired driving," said DA Allen. "My Office spends a great deal of effort prosecuting DUI cases in the hope that strict enforcement and aggressive prosecution may help prevent outcomes like the one in this case."

Update Nov. 11, 2014

(WBIR-Knoxville) Knoxville police identified the victim of a fatal crash in northwest Knoxville Friday night.

Officials said Joyce Scott, 48, of Knoxville was speeding when her Toyota Yaris left the roadway and struck a utility pole just before 9 p.m. Next, the car flipped and ran into a business at 2622 Texas Avenue, killing its passenger 53-year-old Norman Connatser of Knoxville.

Officials pronounced Connatser dead at the scene. Crews drove Scott to UT Medical Center for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

KPD confirmed both were wearing seat belts, and alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

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(WBIR-Knoxville) Police said a man died after a car smashed into a northwest Knoxville business Friday night.

Officials said the car he was riding in ran off the road, went down a hill, and ran into a business on Texas Avenue near Western Avenue just before 9 p.m.

Investigators said the driver of the car was injured and rushed to UT Medical Center.

KPD has not released any information about the victims yet.


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