Franklin man surrenders in Knoxville hit-and-run deaths - WKRN News 2

Franklin man surrenders in Knoxville hit-and-run deaths

Posted: Updated: June 6, 2012 06:04 PM
Curtis Harper, a UT student from Franklin, is accused of striking and killing a Knoxville man and the pregnant woman he was attempting to help. Curtis Harper, a UT student from Franklin, is accused of striking and killing a Knoxville man and the pregnant woman he was attempting to help.
45-year-old Nelson Soto 45-year-old Nelson Soto
24-year-old Chasity Thornell 24-year-old Chasity Thornell
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -

A Franklin man suspected in last week's hit-and-run accident that killed a Knoxville man and the pregnant woman he was attempting to help has turned himself into police.

Curtis Scott Harper, 22, of Franklin and a University of Tennessee student, surrendered to authorities around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Harper is accused of striking and killing Nelson Soto, 45, and Chasity Thornell, 24, early last Wednesday morning.

Soto was attempting to help Thornell after she ran out of gas on Washington Pike. They both died at the scene.

Thornell's unborn child was also killed.  The District Attorney General's Office has already said the unborn baby will be included in the case as a third victim, according to WATE-TV in Knoxville.

Police said Harper fled the scene after hitting Soto and Thornell with his 2004 Ford Explorer.

In the affidavit filed by police, a witness says Harper admitted to being the driver in a hit-and-run accident and that he had been drinking.

Harper said it was now time "to go on a trip," Knoxville Police Department Investigator Patty Tipton says the witness told police.

Police obtained the search warrant after impounding Harper's SUV in order to process it for evidence.

The affidavit says fingerprints, skin, blood, hair, fragments of glass and records from the SUV's GPS would be obtained in the search for evidence.

Harper is being held on a $300,000 bond.

He is charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence.

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