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Huntingdon Man Charged with Two Counts of Vehicular Homicide, Felonies

Posted 2/17/21

WAVERLY (February 10) — A Waverly couple was killed instantly after the driver of a stolen pickup truck disregarded a red signal light in Waverly and crashed into the couple’s automobile.

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Huntingdon Man Charged with Two Counts of Vehicular Homicide, Felonies

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WAVERLY (February 10) — A Waverly couple was killed instantly after the driver of a stolen pickup truck disregarded a red signal light in Waverly and crashed into the couple’s automobile.

Tory A. McConahie, 26, of Michael Lane, Huntingdon is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, evading arrest, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license after the February 10 accident that occurred around 1:45 p.m. in Waverly.

According to David Bunn, Chief Deputy of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, McConahie, who has a lengthy criminal record, was driving a GMC pickup truck stolen from Guy Roberts, 60 Gift Lane, Huntingdon. Roberts had reported the theft a few weeks ago and spotted the vehicle on Pine Street in Bruceton and gave pursuit. Roberts phoned the Sheriff’s dispatch but lost cell phone signal. The pursuit went into Benton County on Sawyers Mill Road. Another caller at 1:12 p.m. stated there was a crash in Benton County. Chief Bunn said apparently McConahie stopped quickly and Roberts’ pursuit car slammed into the stolen pickup truck. Roberts’ vehicle, that was in pursuit, was totalled.

Carroll County deputies spotted the stolen vehicle coming onto State Route 70 in Bruceton while exiting Old Bruceton Road. Deputy Kenny Tucker recognized the driver as McConahie and gave pursuit. Tucker was aware there were warrants for McConahie in Carroll County Circuit Court for failure to appear.

The pursuit was toward Camden, then the bypass. Bunn said the pickup was traveling at over 100 miles per hour and passing vehicles on double yellow lines. Humphreys County authorities took over the pursuit as McConahie crossed the Tennessee River. Carroll County Deputy was three cars back in the pursuit.

Waverly Police Department deployed spike strips and was able to deflate one tire as McConahie hit the spikes. McConahie disregarded a red signal light and struck a vehicle, killing both Larry Wayne and Patricia Ann Dotson Franklin, both age 67, of Waverly, Tenn.

McConahie was treated and released at the Waverly hospital. He is held in Humphreys County Jail on over $1million in bail. He has charges pending in Benton and Carroll counties.

The deceased are survived by a grown daughter and son, seven grandchildren, a parent, brothers and sisters. Burial was in Sanders Cemetery in McEwen, Tenn. Luff-Bowen Funeral Home of Waverly had charge of arrangements.

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