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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) applauds Governor Bill Lee for signing Ethan’s, Hailey’s and Bentley’s Law in a ceremony at the Tennessee Capitol.
The legislation was created by Missouri resident Cecilia Williams and named for her grandson, Bentley, whose parents Lacey Newton and Cordell Shawn Michael Williams and their 4-month-old son, Cordell Shawn Michael Williams II, were killed in an alleged drunk driving crash on April 13, 2021. The Tennessee law, which also honors fallen Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger’s children Ethan and Hailey, requires an impaired driver who kills a parent or parents to pay child support for the surviving children until they are 18.
For victims of impaired drivers, this new law provides another avenue of restitution to help ensure justice. Versions of Bentley’s Law are in progress in at least 20 other states. MADD supports Bentley’s Law and similar bills that hold drunk driving offenders accountable.
Tim Siniard reports: Charges are pending in connection to a collision between two motorcyclists on Tuesday, July 5, when one rider was airlifted to a hospital after the other allegedly leaving the scene, according to a preliminary report released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Thursday, July 7.
The crash occurred at approximately 11:51 p.m. on U.S. Highway 64 near APD-40.
According to the THP report, Alexander V. Porter, 39, and Michael A. Rogers, 32, both of Cleveland, were traveling east on Highway 64 and approaching APD-40 when Porter, who was riding a 2006 Honda CBR-1000, “applied panic braking” and struck Rogers’ 2008 Honda CBR from the rear, causing both to lose control.
Both riders were “thrown from their vehicles,” THP stated.
Porter was transported to a hospital via Life Force.
The THP said Rogers could not be located the night of the crash, despite a search by the THP, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and Bradley County Fire-Rescue.
However, the next day, the THP located and spoke with Rogers, who “had left the scene” on his motorcycle.
No additional details were available and charges are pending until the investigation is concluded.
Erlanger announced the promotion of Katie Duffy, PharmD, MBA, to vice president of operations for Erlanger Health System and Tyler Winks, MBA, R.T. (R) (CT) (MR) (ARRT), to chief executive officer of Erlanger East and North Hospitals.
Dr. Duffy previously served as system senior director of Pharmacy for Erlanger.
She has been part of the Erlanger team for over 15 years and was described as “a loyal advocate for Erlanger’s patients and associates.”
Mr. Winks joined Erlanger in July 2021 as vice president of operations. He has over 11 years of clinical and hospital operations leadership experience. He began his career in the medical field as an MRI technologist and quickly advanced into a leadership position, in which he assumed responsibility for both administrative and clinical operations of medical imaging and other ancillary and support services at multiple hospitals in Kentucky.