published Friday, December 20th, 2013

Driver indicted in teen's death in Bradley County, Tenn.

The driver in a Bradley County, Tenn., crash that took a 13-year-old's life in September was arrested Thursday on homicide charges, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

The Sept. 20 crash on Brian Circle killed Ciara Alexis Pagan and injured a 14-year-old girl along with driver Shawn David Toll, 39. Another 13-year-old in the car was uninjured.

The Bradley County grand jury this week charged Toll with vehicular homicide and two counts of reckless endangerment by a deadly weapon, according to the release from sheriff's office spokesman Bob Gault.

The accident occurred at 6:56 p.m. on Sept. 20 when Toll's white Mustang convertible left the road in a curve and hit a utility pole, which snapped on impact. The car slid sideways and rolled, then came to rest upright on its tires, according to the police report.

The initial crash report said Toll had been drinking alcohol.

Toll was not wearing a safety belt. He was taken to Erlanger hospital by ambulance with what officers called "non-incapacitating" injuries. Ciara was in back seat, wearing a shoulder and lap belt. The 14-year-old, also in the rear seat, was not wearing a safety belt and was thrown from the car. She was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center, newspaper archives show.

Bradley Sheriff Jim Ruth said in the news release that Ciara was the seventh traffic fatality in Bradley for the year.

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