Maryville man wanted in fatal crash arrested in Pennsylvania


A Maryville man who caused a crash last month that left a 43-year-old mother of six dead has been arrested in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said 29-year-old Edward Stephenson was arrested in Pennsylvania Friday on warrants charging him with vehicular homicide, DUI, driving on a revoked license and two counts of aggravated vehicular assault.

Stephenson was wanted in connection with a three-vehicle crash on Robert C. Jackson Drive on Nov. 2 that resulted in the death of 43-year-old Maryville resident Trinity Wallace. The Tyvola Court resident was airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center following the crash, but did not survive her injuries.

Police said Stephenson, of Griselda Drive, was driving north on Robert C. Jackson Drive in a Toyota SUV when he tried to pass another northbound vehicle being driven by 34-year-old Knoxville resident Ryan McKenzie.

Stephenson ended up veering into the oncoming lane of travel and hit Wallace’s Dodge Caravan head-on, police said. Stephenson’s vehicle then veered back over into the northbound lane and struck McKenzie’s car.

One of Wallace’s children was transported by ambulance to UT Medical Center. The girl, identified as 14-year-old Kailyn Wallace, was later released from the hospital, police said.

She and her mother were the vehicle’s only occupants.

Stephenson was taken by ambulance to Blount Memorial Hospital.

McKenzie was not hurt, according to police, but the passenger in Stephenson’s vehicle — Katelyn Kennedy, 22, of Blockhouse Road, Maryville — was taken by ambulance to UT Medical Center.

While the police investigation is still ongoing, Crisp was able to confirm Stephenson was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. He said officers obtained warrants for Stephenson’s arrest on Wednesday or Thursday, only to discover he had left the area. Officers did learn he may have gone to New Jersey, Crisp said.

Authorities in New Jersey went to a residence where Stephenson was believed to be staying, but learned he recently left and was not returning, Crisp said. They did, however, turn up an address in Pennsylvania believed to be his next destination, Crisp said.

Maryville Police then contacted Pennsylvania authorities and provided them with the address, Crisp said. Pennsylvania State Police officers in the Mansfield District went to the residence and located him there, Crisp said. While Stephenson tried to run, he didn’t get far, Crisp said.

“He did flee out the back and into the woods, but the snow on the ground allowed them to track him to where he was at and they took him into custody,” Crisp said.

Officers have already started working with the Blount County District Attorney General’s Office to begin the extradition process, Crisp said. A timeframe for when Stephenson would arrive back in Blount County was not known. An extradition hearing will likely occur first, though Stephenson could decide to forgo the proceeding.

“We know he is in custody and he will be brought back to Tennessee,” Crisp said.

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