Carroll sentenced to 8 years in death of cyclist

Tommy Lee Carroll will serve eight years in prison for the death of Jeffery Edward Roth.

Carroll learned his fate during a sentencing hearing Monday afternoon in front of Circuit Court Judge Mike Meares. Carroll, 48, of Friendsville, had pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide on May 5.

The charge stemmed from an Aug. 9, 2006 incident in which Roth, 46, of Maryville, was riding a bicycle on West Lamar Alexander Parkway near North Union Gove Road. Roth was struck and killed by a truck Carroll was driving.

Witnesses told police Carroll was weaving from lane to lane and that Roth was riding on the shoulder of the highway just before Carroll left the roadway and struck him. Although the force of the collision threw Roth onto the hood and windshield of Carroll’s truck, witnesses said Carroll left Roth in the roadway and continued driving before the driver of a utility truck collided with Carroll’s truck and stopped it.

Carroll testified he was not overmedicated with sleeping medication but instead had a seizure. A Maryville police officer said it appeared Carroll was intoxicated.

Meares ruled Carroll had to serve his eight-year sentence in prison. Carroll was taken into custody immediately following the hearing.

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