Thursday, 31 March 2016 08:32

DUI Motorist Gets 15 Years in Motorcyclist’s Death

MEMPHIS – March 31, 2016 - An impaired driver with four previous DUI convictions and no driver’s license has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for causing the death of a motorcyclist two years ago, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Thursday.
Christopher Franklin, 43, of Memphis pled guilty Wednesday to aggravated vehicular homicide in the 2014 death of 59-year-old Thomas Holloway Jr. of Horn Lake, Miss.
Because of his intoxication and his prior DUI convictions, Franklin was subject to enhanced punishment by Criminal Court Judge John Campbell.
The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2014, when Franklin was driving a 2000 Kia Sportage westbound on Shelby Drive and Holloway was eastbound on a 2001 Harley Davidson Sportster. As Holloway was making a left turn to go northbound on Swinnea Road, Franklin disregarded a red light and crashed into the motorcyclist.
Holloway was critically injured and died at 12:12 a.m. the next day at a hospital. A passenger in Franklin’s vehicle was slightly injured in the accident.
Franklin’s BAC was .169, more than twice the threshold of intoxication.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Michael McCusker of the DA’s DUI Prosecution Task Force which seeks to reduce the number of DUI-related fatalities and injuries in Memphis and Shelby County.
DUI prosecutors conduct training sessions several times a year for the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. The training is designed to keep law enforcement officers updated on DUI-related laws.