Crime

Whitesburg man charged with murder after fatal wreck

A man from Whitesburg was charged with murder and first-degree assault, among other charges, after a Sunday night crash that killed a woman and injured her husband.

State police said Jonathon Anderson, 25, was trying to pass another vehicle while driving north on the Whitesburg bypass when he came up behind a Toyota Avalon driven by Gwendolyn H. Whitaker, 48, of Roxanna.

Anderson, who was driving a Ford pickup, was not able to stop in time and rear-ended Whitaker's car, state police said. That caused her car to collide with a Buick passenger car being driven by her husband, Mitchum Whitaker, 49, also of Roxanna.

Gwendolyn Whitaker was taken by helicopter to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., where she died at 11:11 a.m. Monday.

Mitchum Whitaker suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, state police said.

In addition to the murder and assault charges, Anderson is charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence second offense-aggravating circumstances and numerous traffic charges.

He was taken to the Letcher County Jail.

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