Whitehead arraigned in Sessions Court for fatal collision

By Thomas Wilson

   An Elizabethton man charged with vehicular homicide made his first court appearance before General Sessions Judge John Walton on Friday.
   Joshua D. Whitehead, 24, 227 Centerview Drive, is charged with one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of aggravated assault by reckless conduct with a motor vehicle.
   The charges stem from a two-car accident that claimed the life of Teresa Sims of Elizabethton on Aug. 28. Walton set Whitehead's bond at $75,000.
   Sims died of injuries she sustained after the minivan she was driving was struck by a Jeep Cherokee driven by Whitehead.
   According to the Elizabethton Police Department, Whitehead had been traveling northbound on West Elk Avenue when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck an Oldsmobile Silhouette van driven by Sims.
   Two of Sims' three children -- Michael, 11, and Hutch, 4, -- were traveling with their mother when the accident occurred.
   Hutch Sims was airlifted by Wings Air Rescue to Johnson City Medical Center moments after the accident. He suffered two broken legs and a serious head injury, according to friends of the family.
   Michael Sims was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital by the Carter County Rescue Squad with serious injuries. Whitehead was also transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital by the CCRS.
   Officers allegedly found one white tablet with the marking "Mylan A-1" in the driver's seat of the Jeep and one orange tablet with the marking "1-2" in the driver's floorboard, according to police.
   Several members of Sims' family attended the preliminary hearing on Friday afternoon.
   Whitehead was being held in the Carter County Jail as of Friday afternoon. His next Sessions Court appearance was scheduled for Nov. 12.