Driver In Crash That Killed 13-Year-Old In Bradley County Charged With Vehicular Homicide

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Shawn David Toll
Shawn David Toll

Traffic investigators arrested Shawn David Toll, 39, on Thursday, in connection with a Sept. 20 crash on Brian Circle in Bradley County that took the life of a 13-year-old rear-seat passenger. 

Ciara Alexis Pagan died at the scene of the crash that also injured a 14-year-old girl.

The Bradley County Grand Jury this week charged Toll with vehicular homicide and two counts of reckless endangerment by a deadly weapon.

He was driving when the Ford Mustang went out of control in a curve, left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Speed and intoxication were cited as factors in the crash.

Toll was hospitalized for his injuries.  A 13-year-old girl in the vehicle was not injured.   

Toll was booked into the Bradley County Jail where his bond has been set at $500,000.

Sheriff Jim Ruth reminded motorists to exercise extra caution while traveling over the upcoming holidays. He said Ms. Pagan is one of seven lives lost in traffic crashes this year in Bradley County.

“Our deputies are working hard to keep the fatality count from going higher for the remainder of this year. We are asking for the public to do their part by slowing down, watching out for other motorists, and never getting behind the wheel while impaired,” said Sheriff Ruth.  


New Chattanooga Railroad Book Will Feature 69 Chapters

A new book on Chattanooga's intriguing railroad history to be published by Chattanoogan.com will feature 69 chapters and cover rail history here and in surrounding towns. Railroads In and Around Chattanooga is due to be off the presses around the first of October. The book by Chattanoogan.com publisher John Wilson, with many photos by Chattanoogan.com photographer Wes ... (click for more)

East Ridge High School Football Field North Stands Condemned; Next Home Game To Be Moved

The main stands at the East Ridge High School football stadium have been condemned. The field was being used for pee wee football on Saturday, but the north section was roped off for safety purposes. Fans at the games were watching from metal bleachers on the opposite side. Officials said some fans had complained about the condition of the old concrete facility, including ... (click for more)

DWT Is DUI

A routine narrative of a DUI arrest report goes something like this:   The defendant was operating a motor vehicle in the 00 block of sonsoroad. The driver was weaving back and forth across the marked roadway. The defendant drove through a stop sign. Was stopped at an intersection despite the traffic light was green. Entered the lane of another vehicle and caused a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Voters Think

There are over 9,000 students who attend Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., which – in an effort to be relative -- is just a touch smaller than our UT-Chattanooga. What makes Quinnipiac unique is that it is home of The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which produces what’s called the “Q Poll” because hardly anybody knows how to pronounce “Kwin-uh-pe-ack.” The Q ... (click for more)

Ellington, Bell Win First Running Of Jasper Highlands 5K

  JASPER, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Track Club introduced its newest race on Saturday as the inaugural running of the Jasper Highlands 5K was held high atop the Cumberland Plateau.   Advertised as “the most scenic community in Marion County,” Knoxville’s Stewart Ellington put his name on the list as the first winner by covering the rolling 3.1-mile distance in 16 ... (click for more)

Baylor Sweeps Two Nashville Teams In Volleyball Saturday

Volleyball teams from Brentwood Academy and Pope John Paul II have at least one thing in common on Saturday following matches with Baylor and GPS.  They both headed back to Nashville with a win and a loss as both beat GPS and both lost to Baylor. Baylor improved to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in region play with Saturday's two wins, including a 3-1 verdict over Brentwood ... (click for more)