A year and a half after a wreck involving two motorcycles left one man dead, the other rider has been charged with vehicle homicide.
James Alexander Balmat, 30, Erwin, N.C., was arraigned in Monroe County Criminal Court this past week in connection with the Sept. 17, 2017 wreck. Balmat was quiet as Judge Sandra Donaghy read the charges against him.
Tennessee Highway Patrolman Frank Yates Matoy said the wreck occurred on Highway 68 in the Coker Creek area around 2:30 p.m.
Balmat was riding his Yamaha when he allegedly crossed the yellow line and crashed into a Harley Davidson ridden by David Boring, 59, of Maryville.
Matoy said both men were wearing helmets, however, the crash claimed the life of Boring.
At the time, Matoy said there was no evidence Balmat was using alcohol or drugs, but a test would be conducted as part of the investigation. An ensuing investigation showed he was intoxicated, authorities said, leading a grand jury to hand down an indictment against him.
Balmat is scheduled to be back in court on May 20.