Woman indicted for wreck that injured EMT

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com
An Elizabethton woman who struck a Carter County Rescue Squad ambulance head-on in June of 2003 has been indicted by a Carter County grand jury on a charge of vehicular assault in connection with the wreck.
Sharon Patrice Moody Oliver, 42, 165 Old Stoney Creek Highway, was traveling east on Highway 67/321 on June 21 at approximately 1:30 p.m. when her vehicle collided with the ambulance near Lakeshore Marina.
Chris VanHuss, of Johnson City, was the driver of the ambulance, which was traveling westbound on that highway after responding to a call when the vehicle driven by Oliver crossed over the center line and struck the ambulance head-on. CCRS EMT Bob Morton, of Watauga was in the back of the ambulance caring for a patient at the time of the accident.
According to officers, VanHuss, Morton and the passenger, Shelia Calahan, all three sustained injuries. VanHuss and Calahan were transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital where they were treated and released. Morton sustained a head injury in the accident and was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center by Wings Air Rescue.
Oliver also sustained injuries in the accident and was flown by Wings to the Johnson City Medical Center where she was treated for facial, chest and left injuries.
According to preliminary investigations conducted by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Musick at the time the accident occurred the use of narcotics by Oliver was possibly a contributing factor to the accident.
Oliver had a bottle of pills imbedded in her chest as a result of impact, and two more pill bottles were found inside the vehicle. The indictment against Oliver states that she "did commit the offense of vehicular assault by recklessly operating a motor vehicle upon a highway in Tennessee while under the influence of an intoxicant, proximately resulting in the serious bodily injury to Bob Morton."