“Ohio Driver Is Freed In Fatal 411 Traffic Mishap---A manslaughter charge against William Anderson, 68, of Cleveland, Ohio, was dismissed Wednesday afternoon at the request of the plaintiff’s attorney, Eugene Pennington.
Mr. Anderson, arrested by State Highway Trooper Wallace Mills and held under $2,500 bond, had been charged in the traffic death on Saturday of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Yates, 69, who died instantly when she was struck by the car driven by Mr. Anderson.
The accident occurred near the home of Mrs. Yates, two and one half miles south of Madisonville and about 100 feet from Maxwell’s Grocery on Englewood Highway. Mr. Anderson said at the hearing that the elderly lady had stopped near a driveway and paused briefly before starting across Highway 411 into the path of his car. Officers added that the Anderson vehicle had been driven into a ditch, apparently in an effort to avoid the accident.
Trooper Mills said Mrs. Yates had purchased groceries at the store and had started across the highway when the Anderson vehicle came over the crest of a grade and struck her. Death was attributed to multiple skull, pelvic and leg fractures.
Mrs. Yates is survived by two sons, Bob W. Yates of Tellico Plains and Clarence Yates of Maryville; four daughters, Mrs. G.C. Hunt and Mrs. Myrtle Neece of Knoxville, Mrs. Carl Hampton of Lenoir City and Mrs. Lewis Greene of Madisonville; 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a brother, Bob Henry of near Vonore, and a sister, Mrs. John Tyler of Loudon.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Friendship Baptist Church, Revs. Kenneth Watson and Herbert McKeehan officiating. Burial was in New Providence Cemetery.”