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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cooper Draws Twelve Years In Death Of Ethridge Resident

   A Columbia man indicted on vehicular homicide charges in the wake of a 2010 crash that claimed the life of an Ethridge man has been sentenced to serve 12 years imprisoned.

   The crash occurred March 25, along U.S. Highway 64 in Giles County. Tennessee Highway Patrol reports indicated at the time that driver Frank Cooper was traveling westbound when he attempted to pass three vehicles in a no passing/construction zone.

The move resulted in a head-on collision with an eastbound vehicle driven by Ethridge resident Mack Odeneal, 57. Odeneal died as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash.

   Authorities reported that at the time of the crash Cooper was free on bail after having been arrested for second offense DUI. At the time of the crash, they reported that Cooper’s blood alcohol level measured in excess of twice the legal limit.

   During proceedings in Giles County Circuit Court, Judge Jim Hamilton ordered that Cooper serve 12 years for the crime of vehicular homicide, to be served through the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

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