Jury convicts in fatal Knoxville hit-and-run - WKRN News 2

Jury convicts in fatal Knoxville hit-and-run


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Knox County jury has convicted a 23-year-old man in a hit & run accident that killed a young woman, her unborn daughter and a man who was trying to refuel her vehicle.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported jurors returned guilty verdicts Wednesday against Curtis Scott Harper. He was found guilty on three counts of vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene and tampering with evidence.

Chasity Elaine Thornell, who was 24 and pregnant, and 45-year-old Nelzon A. Soto were killed when struck on May 30, 2012. Soto was helping Thornell and a friend who had run out of gasoline in front of his home.

Harper's lawyer said there was no proof his client was drunk. He conceded that Harper fled the scene, but said his client thought he had hit a disabled car.

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