Franklin driver charged with vehicular homicide, DUI suspected - WKRN News 2

Franklin driver charged with vehicular homicide, DUI suspected

Posted: Updated: Nov 26, 2012 02:44 PM CST
Gregory Powers, 46, is charged with vehicular homicide following a fatal crash last week that claimed the life of a Virginia man. Gregory Powers, 46, is charged with vehicular homicide following a fatal crash last week that claimed the life of a Virginia man.
Thomas Schlapman, 45, was hit while driving his motorcycle in Franklin November 21. Thomas Schlapman, 45, was hit while driving his motorcycle in Franklin November 21.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

A Franklin man arrested over the summer for hitting a bar employee with his car has been charged with vehicular homicide following a fatal crash last week that claimed the life of a Virginia man.

The crash happened just before 5 p.m. last Wednesday on Franklin Road near South Berry's Chapel Road.

Thomas Schlapman was pronounced dead at Williamson Medical Center after Franklin police said Gregory Powers crossed the center line and struck the motorcycle Schlapman was driving, head-on.

Powers, charged with vehicular homicide and failure to maintain a lane, remains in the Williamson County jail on a $250,000 bond.

Investigators believe that Powers, 46, was impaired at the time of the crash and are awaiting the return of blood alcohol test results.

Charges may be added or amended, police said.

At the time of the crash, Powers was out on bond for a DUI and vehicular assault charge case filed in July.

According to police, Powers was told to leave The Pond because he was too impaired. As he left the parking lot, he struck an employee who tried to stop him with his car.

Powers is due in court on that case Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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