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Grand jury indicts Perkins

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Four months after two local teens were killed in a drag racing incident the driver of the other vehicle has been indicted on criminal charges.

On Oct. 8 the Campbell County Grand Jury returned a true bill indicting Mark A. Perkins, 18, of Lake City, of two counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol officials, Perkins was arrested on Tuesday at his home and is currently being held in the Campbell County jail on $150,000 bond.

In the early morning hours of June 8, 17 year-old Aaron Hardwick and Johnson R. Khoshaba, 18, died when the 1994 Saturn they were driving struck a concrete wall, THP reports indicated at the time.

The report, filed by THP Trooper Aaron Evans, said that Khoshaba attempted to pass a 1991 Honda driven by Perkins.  It was at this point both vehicles began “to exceed the posted speed limit by several miles per hour,” according to the THP report.  Coming near a railroad underpass, Khoshaba then attempted to change lanes but lost control of his vehicle.  At this point he allegedly struck a concrete wall, crossed the road and hit an embankment before stopping, THP reported.  Bothe were wearing a seatbelt.