Macon County Chronicle

Alcohol Found at Scene of Green Grove Fatality; Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide

  Twenty-seven-year-old Justin Michael Anderson of 8280 Old Highway 52 in Westmoreland, Tenn., was charged with vehicular homicide on Monday, Sept. 15, after being released from Sumner Regional Hospital for injuries he sustained in a single-vehicle wreck that took the life of his 40-year-old passenger and co-worker Charlie Freemon Hall. 

The wreck occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Green Grove Rd. in Macon County.

According to the affidavit of complaint, Trooper Danny Fisher arrived on the scene and found Anderson lying on the ground next to silver truck that was turned on its side in a nearby ditch.

Fisher leaned over to speak with Anderson and detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage at the scene.

Fisher then asked Anderson if he had been drinking, to which he replied ‘yes.’

At that time Anderson also admitted to being the driver of the vehicle.

Anderson was then transported to Sumner Regional Hospital in Gallatin, Tenn., for treatment of his injuries.

Emergency Medical Services personnel notified Fisher that there was a deceased passenger remaining in the vehicle, who was later identified as 40-year-old Charlie Hall of Oakdale Rd. in Westmoreland, Tenn.

Anderson and Hall both worked for the same barn construction company.

Witnesses stated that the vehicle was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed, and in the wrong lane, directly before the crash.

Rescue personnel also located an open 40-ounce can of beer inside the vehicle.

In addition to vehicular homicide, Anderson was also charged with driving on a suspended license, reckless endangerment, open alcohol container violation, driver to exercise due care, seatbelt law violation and financial responsibility violation.

Anderson is being held at the Macon County Jail on $60,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Wednesday, Sept. 24.