Ky trucker convicted in 2015 Tennessee wreck that killed 6

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Benjamin Brewer
Benjamin Brewer (Photo Courtesy: Hamilton Co. Detention Center)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee jury has convicted a Kentucky trucker of vehicular homicide and other charges in a 2015 wreck that killed six people on Interstate 75.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the verdict was returned Thursday afternoon for 42-year-old Benjamin Brewer. He was found guilty of six counts of vehicular homicide, four counts of reckless aggravated assault and single counts of speeding and driving under the influence.

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Prosecutors said Brewer was impaired on methamphetamine, ignored construction signs and never tapped the brakes when his tractor-trailer slammed into slowed traffic near the Ooltewah (OOL’-teh-wah) exit.

Defense lawyers said Brewer, of London, Kentucky, fell asleep at the wheel, toxicology reports were contaminated and prosecutors were overlooking helpful information.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 12. Brewer remains in custody.



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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com