DA: Man convicted of Knox County vehicular homicide was intoxicated by 3 types of pills

Ricky Myers (source: KCSO)
Ricky Myers (source: KCSO)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A 55-year-old man will spend 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide Thursday in the 2013 death of a woman in East Knox County.

District Attorney General Charme P. Allen’s office says Ricky Blaine Myers was intoxicated by three types of prescription drugs at the time of the crash.

Officials say Myers on September 18, 2013 drove his truck over the center line into oncoming traffic on Strawberry Plains Pike near Wooddale Church. He crashed into an oncoming vehicle, killing the driver Cynthia Cross.

A Knox County deputy found Myers was in possession of multiple prescription pill bottles. Blood was collected while Myers was in the hospital, showing he was under the influence of oxycodone, diphenhydramine and alprazolam.

Prosecutors also labeled Myers as a habitual motor vehicle offender, meaning he can never legally drive a car again.

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