Police arrest man after grand jury indicts on vehicular homicide charge

Police arrest man after grand jury indicts on vehicular homicide charge

July 30th, 2013 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Dale Ferrell

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

A 22-year-old man was booked into the Hamilton County Jail on Monday on charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence after he reportedly crashed into a motorcycle on Interstate 75 in March.

A Hamilton County grand jury recently indicted Dale Edward Ferrell, of Mississippi, after police said he struck the rear of a motorcycle while traveling south in the inside lane near mile marker nine on March 16.

The motorcyclist, 59-year-old Edward Bankston, crashed and died at the scene as a result.

Year to date, there have been 13 traffic fatalities in the city of Chattanooga investigated by Chattanooga police. The average age of the victims is 37 with the youngest being 9-years-old. Last year, more than 20 people were killed in traffic crashes in the city. In 2011, there were 19 people killed.

In a previous interview, Chattanooga police said a 10-year review of traffic fatalities showed that 34 percent of the collisions were alcohol related.

On Monday afternoon, Ferrell was released on a $25,000 bond.