Burrow charged with reckless homicide in highway worker's death

By Thomas Wilson

STAR STAFF
twilson@starhq.com

   An Elizabethton man has been charged with reckless homicide involving a traffic accident on Highway 91 that claimed the life of a 20-year-old Hampton woman.
   Michael Lee Burrow, 24, 168 Josiah Trail Road, was charged with one count of reckless homicide after an investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol into the death of Rachel M. Clawson.
   According to the affidavit, Burrow was driving a Dodge pickup northbound through an established construction zone on State Highway 91 when his vehicle allegedly ran off the east side of the road striking a pedestrian, identified as Clawson, and her Ford pickup.
   Clawson died from injuries she sustained after the vehicle Burrow was driving struck her shortly after she had ended her workday as a traffic flagger for Summers-Taylor on the Highway 91 construction project.
   The affidavit alleges that Burrow's "reckless conduct" resulted in the death of Clawson. Reckless homicide is a Class D felony, punishable by 2 to 4 years in prison under a standard offender's range.
   Burrow pleaded guilty in Criminal Court to a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault in 1997.
   He was arraigned in Sessions Court on Friday. Burrow is free on bond that was originally set at $40,000 but reduced to a property bond.
   He is next scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on Aug. 2.