Michael Lynn Owens indicted on vehicular homicide charge

Overton County Grand Jury heard testimony on Monday, Jan. 27 and found probable cause that Michael Lynn Owens, of Byrdstown, committed the offense of Vehicular Homicide in the death of Bob E. Allen on October 16, 2019.

According to THP’s preliminary incident information at the time, Bob Allen, 71, of Cookeville, was driving a 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe westbound on Highway 111 South on Wednesday, Oct. 16 when a Volvo XC7 rear-ended the Chevy. Allen’s Chevrolet “then left the right side of the roadway and flipped twice before coming to a rest.” Allen was “ejected from the vehicle and came to a final rest 30 feet from” his vehicle. “Driver expired on scene due to injuries.”

Michael Lynn Owens was operating the other vehicle, a 2004 Volvo, according to a statement from District Attorney Bryant C. Dunaway’s office.

“The circumstances of the crash were investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and after consultation with this office, the case was prepared for presentation to the Overton County Grand Jury,” Monday’s press release states.

A True Bill of Indictment was issued charging Owens with Count 1: Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication; and Count 2: Vehicular Homicide by Recklessness.

The arraignment for Owens will be held in the Criminal Court on February 19, 2020, according to Dunaway, District Attorney General for the 13th Judiucial District, which includes Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White counties.