Woman charged with DWI in Cherokee County death

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Posted: Jul 16, 2011 12:23 PM
Woman charged with DWI in Cherokee County death

Authorities say a 22-year-old Florida woman has been charged with driving while impaired after a crash that killed a Cherokee County man mowing his lawn.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that 22-year-old Amanda Rose Davis lost control of her car July 6, ran off the right side of the road, down an embankment and into a riding lawn mower.

The Highway Patrol says the crash shattered the legs of 63-year-old Thomas Martin Stiles, who died in a hospital a day later.

Authorities say Davis was driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Davis has been charged with felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. It wasn't clear if she had an attorney.