Fatal crash leads to charges

Daryl Rollins

A Knoxville man has been indicted on numerous charges for allegedly causing a traffic accident that killed a toddler and injured two adults in East Knoxville earlier this year.

Daryl Rollins, 25, was charged with vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

“On May 19 around 8:38 p.m., officers responded to a single-car crash at Buffat Mill Road near Spring Hill Road, where a vehicle was found crashed and engulfed in flames,” said Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland. 

“Based on the evidence at the scene and witness statements, the vehicle was reportedly traveling westbound on Buffat Mill Road at a high rate of speed when the driver disregarded a stop sign at Spring Hill Road, narrowly missed another vehicle traveling on Spring Hill Road, lost control and drove off the roadway. The vehicle then caught on fire,” Erland continued.

“The driver, who was later identified as Daryl Rollins, fled the scene prior to officer arrival,” he said. “The three passengers of the vehicle, including a 15-month old girl, were transported to the UT Medical Center. The child was later transported to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville due to the severe burns that she suffered as a result of the crash. On May 28, the child passed away from her injuries.”

There were no indications that Rollins was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

The other passengers were identified as Jujuan Hansford, 25, and Lennox Roper, 24, he said. 

“I cannot release the name of the 15-month old girl, who was the only fatality from the incident,” he said.

Rollins was booked into the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on Tuesday and released after posting bond.

Published on July 15, 2021