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Vacation approved for man charged with homicide

By: James Clark -- Editor for the Southern Standard


A man charged with criminal homicide for the hit-and-run death of a woman in her front yard will be allowed to leave Tennessee for vacation.

Gary Driver, 49, had his request to leave the state for vacation granted by Judge Bill Locke, despite objections from prosecutors.

“I was opposed to it and that’s why I filed a motion against it,” said District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis. Driver is charged with criminal homicide and leaving the scene of an accident for the May 11 death of Mildred Herrin, 71, who was reportedly struck by Driver’s red Chevy pickup while she was working in her front yard on Swan Mill Road in the Viola area.

Law enforcement officials say Driver left the scene and did not call for help. He reportedly hid the damaged pickup deep in a nursery field in Grundy County and was picked up not far from where the truck was found.

Driver was initially held without bond following his arrest May 12. During his video arraignment May 14, Judge Locke set bond at $100,000. Driver made bond later that day.

His next court appearance is July 21.

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