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Lenoir City woman arrested after leaving the scene of fatal motorcycle crash, pleads not guilty

The crash happened at 4:05 a.m. on September 4. The woman drove away from the scene with the motorcycle still lodged into the front of her vehicle.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE (Sept. 16): The Lenoir City woman who was arrested after police said she fled the scene of a motorcycle crash that left a person dead pled "not guilty" to charges on Thursday.

Police say that Jessie Hodge allegedly ran into the back of a motorcyclist and dragged the bike for around 300 yards, with it lodged in the front of her car. It happened on Sept. 4, authorities said.

Dwight Woods, the motorcyclist who was hit, died at the scene according to authorities.

Hodge's preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 5.

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A Lenoir City woman was arrested after she fled the scene of a motorcycle crash that left one person dead in Knoxville.

According to reports, the crash happened near I-40 at 4:05 a.m. on September 4.

Jessie R. Hodge, of Lenoir City, was driving a white 2016 BMW SUV and was allegedly following close to the rear of a 1994 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. Reports show that Hodge's vehicle struck the rear of the motorcycle.

Hodge continued to drive 300 yards with the motorcycle still lodged into the front of her vehicle before coming to a stop on the inside of the center median wall of the I-40W.

Officials said that Hodge did not contact 911, and the Knoxville Police Department later found Hodge and returned her to the scene. The driver of the motorcycle, Dwight Woods, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to reports.

Hodge was arrested for following too closely and leaving the scene of an accident knowing death resulted.