UPDATE: No Indictment For Trucker In Fatal Wreck
By Mike Perleberg
Brandon Wilson and Deja Morris were both killed in a June 13 crash on Interstate 24 in Tennessee.
Update posted at 1:57 p.m.:
A Rutherford County, Tennessee grand jury has declined to indict Kentucky truck driver Stacy Colvin for causing the crash that claimed the lives of Dearborn County couple Deja Morris and Brandon Wilson.
Sue Morris, Deja’s mother, tells Eagle 99.3 that Rutherford County District Attorney General William Whitesell argued the case before the grand jury this morning in an attempt to get Colvin criminally indicted. At around noon and after a long discussion, the grand jury voted not to indict.
“Legally there was nothing that could be done,” said Morris. “Stacy Colvin had a long list of misdemeanors, but those couldn’t be considered in the grand jury. The law just didn’t allow it.”
Morris said that there is still an opportunity to get justice for Deja and Brandon. Following the June 13 crash on Interstate 24 in Murfreesboro, Colvin was cited for Failure to Exercise Due Care. Colvin has a January 31, 2014 appearance in court to answer to the citation.
The judge could order a $50 fine and 30 day jail sentence for the trucker.
“We will be there,” Morris said. “District Attorney General Whitesell is going to ask the judge to allow the family to make statements.”
Morris thanked Whitesell and the Tennessee Highway Patrol sergeant who worked the case for their work on the case.
“They tried as hard as they could to get some charges against (Colvin),” she said.
Original story posted at 11:04 a.m.:
(Rutherford County, Tenn.) – Family members of a Dearborn County couple killed in a Tennessee highway crash are awaiting an answer Wednesday on whether the driver who caused the crash will be criminally charged.
Deja Morris of West Harrison and Brandon Wilson of Lawrenceburg were driving to the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on June 13. That night, they had become stuck in a traffic jam on Interstate 24. As their car was stopped, it and several others were rear-ended by a semi truck that failed to brake.
Morris and Wilson’s vehicle burst into flames. They died at the scene. Several other people, including others from Dearborn County, were injured.
The truck driver Stacy Colvin, 40, of Campbellsville, Kentucky, was cited for Failure to Exercise Due Care. However, he has not been criminally charged.
Deja’s mother, Sue Morris, and other family members visited Rutherford County District Attorney General William Whitesell in October to push for criminal charges. According to Morris, Whitesell had declined to file charges against Colvin because the crash was an accident.
The family’s visit, however, did persuade Whitesell to take the case to a grand jury. That grand jury is convening Wednesday morning and could return a decision on whether to indict Colvin later today.
Sue Morris says she and other relatives of Brandon and Deja are present at the courthouse.
“We won’t leave until we have an answer,” she told Eagle 99.3.
Eagle 99.3 will update this story following the grand jury decision.