DUI crash kills one

Ndayizeye Jamari

One person was killed in a Sunday night crash and a second person was arrested for allegedly causing the wreck while driving under the influence.

Ndayizeye Jamari, 22, was driving a vehicle westbound on Western Avenue about 10:25 p.m. Sunday when he collided head-on with another vehicle that was going eastbound, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

The driver of the second vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders, the release said, and Jamari was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

“Due to the severity of the crash, KPD crash reconstruction investigators responded to the scene. Upon further investigation, the driver of the first vehicle, identified as 22-year-old Ndayizeye Jamari, was charged with DUI, failure to drive within lanes and no proof of insurance,” the release said.

The identity of the deceased driver was being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin, according to the release.

Police didn’t provide descriptions of the vehicles involved or specify why they believed Jamari was intoxicated.

Jamari was booked into the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility after he was discharged from the hospital. He was later released without having to post bond, according to jail records.

“The crash remains under investigation. Upon the completion of that investigation, the case file will be presented to the Knox County District Attorney’s Office to determine if additional charges are warranted,” the release said.