Judge binds vehicular homicide case over to Criminal Court

From Staff Reports

   The case against a 24-year-old man who was charged following an August 2002 car accident that left a woman dead and two of her three children injured was bound over to Criminal Court Friday according to court documents.
   Joshua David Whitehead, 24, 227 Centerview Drive, was charged with one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle after Teresa Sims, 35, died as a result of injuries she sustained in the accident which occurred on Aug. 28. Her two sons, Hutch, who was four years old at the time, and Michael, who was 11, were also injured in the accident.
   Hutch was seriously injured in the accident and was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center by Wings Air Rescue. He sustained two broken legs and a serious head injury in accident. Michael sustained minor injuries and was treated at Sycamore Shoals Hospital. Sims was also transported to the Johnson City Medical Center by Wings Air Rescue. She died at the hospital the following day.
   The charges against Whitehead will now go before the Grand Jury in June. He is scheduled to appear in Criminal Court on May 16.
   Whitehead picked up new charges in Unicoi County on March 17. He was charged with second offense DUI, reckless driving, possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of a legend drug, violation of the implied consent law and violation of the vehicle registration law in that county. Because he picked up these new charges while he was out on bond from the vehicular homicide and aggravated assault charges, his bond has been revoked in that case.