Intoxicated driver allegedly kills one, injures one in N. Knox

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An intoxicated driver allegedly plowed into two people who were trying to cross a North Knoxville street on Saturday night, killing one and seriously injuring the other. 

Kenyan Warren, 43, of Knoxville, was arrested after the crash and booked into the Knox County jail system. He was charged with vehicular homicide while intoxicated, vehicular assault, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.

The deadly collision happened about 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of North Broadway and Grainger Avenue, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland. 

“Based on the preliminary investigation, a pickup truck was traveling south on N. Broadway towards the exit to Hall of Fame Drive when it struck two pedestrians who were crossing N. Broadway,” Erland said.

“The pedestrians, one man and one woman, were transported to the UT Medical Center. The female victim did not survive her injuries and was pronounced dead at UTMC,” he continued. 

The victims’ names weren’t immediately released by authorities. 

Saturday’s wreck wasn’t the first time that Warren has been in trouble for allegedly driving while intoxicated, according to court records. 

In February 2015, Warren was pulled over after he was clocked driving 87 mph in a 55 mph zone while driving a Nissan Altima on Interstate 40. He allegedly reeked of “both alcohol and marijuana” and was “confused, irate and belligerent” while interacting with police, record state.

Warren was charged with reckless endangerment but the case was dismissed the following year after he completed a term of judicial diversion, records show. 

Saturday’s crash remains under investigation by KPD crash reconstruction personnel, said Erland.

Published on August 7, 2022.