Driver pleads guilty to murder after a car crash in the Smokies
Special Agents with the Investigative Services Branch helped bring about theconviction of a mancharged with second degree murder in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Corey Bruce Patrick pleaded guilty in April to the charges stemming from a car crash in October of 2014. Sentencing is expected to take place in late August.
Responders found that Patrick had driven the car head-on into a tree. The passenger was the car's owner, and she hadsent a text message a minute before the crash saying "he's driving fast and crazy." The passenger suffered multiple blunt-force injuries and died on scene. Patrick told rescuers that he'd been drinking alcohol before the high-speed crash.
The Special Agents gathered evidence and presented a strong case to the US Attorney,resulting in a murder chargerather than the initial charge of driving under the influence. During sentencing, the federal judge will rule on prison time and possible fines and restitution.