Jeffrey A. Knight
Brittany and Aiden Thomas
An Alcoa man charged with vehicular homicide in connection with an accident that left a young mother and child dead has posted bond and left jail after a judge reduced that bond on Wednesday.
Jeffrey A. Knight, 40, saw his bond reduced from $750,000 to $350,000. Other stipulations on his bond include that he can't drive, consume alcohol or other controlled substances, or be around people who have or are using alcohol or controlled substances.
Knight's attorney had asked that his bond be reduced to $70,000, but the judge declined, saying that Knight had a high probability of conviction.
Knight turned himself in to the Blount County Jail earlier this month after Alcoa police officers presented the case against him to a Blount County grand jury.
Police submitted the case to the grand jury after receiving results of a toxicology test that was performed following a crash on Alcoa Highway on February 27, that killed Brittany N. Thomas, 21, of Rockford, and her 10-month-old son.
In court Wednesday, testimony indicated the toxicology report showed that Knight had .20 blood alcohol content after the crash. It also showed marijuana and other substances in his system.
Alcoa Police said Knight was driving north on Alcoa Highway between Hunt Road and Hall Road at about 5:22 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. His vehicle left the northbound lanes, crossed the median, then went airborne, hitting the car driven by Thomas, which was traveling south.
Thomas and the baby were killed instantly.
Knight is due in court again on July 26.