published Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Police arrest man after grand jury indicts on vehicular homicide charge

A 22-year-old man was booked into the Hamilton County Jail on Monday on charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence after he reportedly crashed into a motorcycle on Interstate 75 in March.

A Hamilton County grand jury recently indicted Dale Edward Ferrell, of Mississippi, after police said he struck the rear of a motorcycle while traveling south in the inside lane near mile marker nine on March 16.

The motorcyclist, 59-year-old Edward Bankston, crashed and died at the scene as a result.

Year to date, there have been 13 traffic fatalities in the city of Chattanooga investigated by Chattanooga police. The average age of the victims is 37 with the youngest being 9-years-old. Last year, more than 20 people were killed in traffic crashes in the city. In 2011, there were 19 people killed.

In a previous interview, Chattanooga police said a 10-year review of traffic fatalities showed that 34 percent of the collisions were alcohol related.

On Monday afternoon, Ferrell was released on a $25,000 bond.

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