Man charged with homicide and DUI in crash that killed TDOT worker

78-year-old facing charges in death of TDOT worker

A Jackson, Tenn. man has been charged in the death of a TDOT employee who was killed in a construction zone Wednesday.

James Thomas Green, 78, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, DUI 3rd offense and due car law. He was booked into the Crockett County jail, but has since been released on a $100,000 bond.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, a TDOT crew was working on State Highway 88 near Brims Road at the time of the accident. The vehicle driven by Green was traveling westbound on the highway as it approached the construction zone.

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The driver "apparently failed to observe the warning signs" about workers being present in the area, THP said.

Green's vehicle struck James “Pee Wee” Hopkins, an Operations Technician, who was flagging traffic around a maintenance crew. The 63-year-old victim was thrown about 30 feet, according to the report.

THP said Green then drove about 150 feet before coming to a stop.

Hopkins was killed in the accident. He had been with TDOT since 1996.

No other crew members were injured in the accident.