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Henry Cofrancesco.

A 33-year-old Chattanooga man has been charged with vehicular homicide in a May crash that killed a 60-year-old motorcyclist.

Henry Cofrancesco, 33, also was indicted for possession of cocaine, failure to yield right of way, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid and driving under the influence, court records show.

He was arrested Thursday. Details of the indictment were not immediately available.

The fatal crash happened just after 8 p.m. on May 21 at 5950 Lee Highway, police said.

Cofrancesco was driving a 2015 BMW convertible when he pulled out of a parking lot and hit Benedict, who was driving a motorcycle, police said.

Both vehicles were damaged. Benedict did not survive the collision. Cofrancesco was not immediately charged, but investigators said at the time they had taken blood and chemical tests.

Vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident are both felonies. For vehicular homicide, Cofrancesco faces between eight and 30 years in prison; for leaving the scene, he faces between one and six years. The other charges are felonies, which each carry less than one-year sentences.

Cofrancesco is one of a handful of people to face vehicular homicide charges in Hamilton County this year. In January, 59-year-old Valerie Bray was arrested months after police said she hit and killed runner Cameron Bean, 28, on Moccasin Bend Road. And in August, police arrested 36-year-old Timothy Nerren after they said he ran a red light while under the influence of narcotics and killed 59-year-old Gregory Kirton.

Cofrancesco is scheduled to appear Sept. 30 in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

Contact staff writer Shelly Bradbury at 423-757-6525 or sbradbury@timesfreepress.com with tips or story ideas. Follow @ShellyBradbury.

Updated Sept. 16 at 10:45 p.m. with additional information

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