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Farragut student dies in car crash
Karns student charged with vehicular homicide

A funeral was held Tuesday at First Farragut United Methodist Church for a Farragut High School sophomore who died as a result of injuries sustained when the car in which she was riding crashed late Friday night, April 22.

Holly Ann Clancy, 15, of Dominion Circle in Farragut, sustained fatal injuries after being thrown from the gold 2000 Saturn SL2 driven by Karns High School junior Timothy Justin Manning, 17, of Oak Haven Road in the Karns community.

Clancy was pronounced dead on the scene by Rural/Metro paramedics. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Heather Reyda, Manning was traveling west on Snyder Road, allegedly at a high rate of speed, when he lost control of the Saturn.

KCSD investigating officer Scott DeArmond reported from the scene that the vehicle struck a utility pole and flipped, landing on its wheels.

DeArmond reported finding alcohol in the vehicle and noted that Manning had been drinking. Manning received minor injuries.

A blood test was administered on Manning at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Results were pending at press time.

Manning was charged with vehicular homicide and taken into custody where he was held in a juvenile facility until a hearing was held Monday, April 25. Others also were charged in connection with this event (see related story).

FHS principal Michael Reynolds said Clancy would be missed at the school.

“I had the good fortune to have known Holly,” Reynolds said, “She was a diver, going to the swim and dive meets, I had a chance to meet her. She was a delightful young lady with a ready smile and liked to joke. It was her first year on the dive team and she was enthusiastic about [the dive team]. … She enjoyed chorus even more.”

Jaime Sanger, diving coach for various Knox County high school teams and former three-time Southeastern Conference champion diver at the University of Tennessee, said Clancy was “A great kid, awesome personality, livened up practice, she came in, always worked hard ….”

With Clancy being a first-year diver on the 2004-05 FHS swimming and diving team, “I think I remember her comment before when I asked her why she flailed her legs in the air leaving the board, and she said she was a black belt in karate, if I remember right, so I kind of teased her about that all the time …,” Sanger said. “But a great girl … was looking forward to working with her next year on the team.

“I was very sad to hear what happened, and my prayers are with her family and her as well.”

Reynolds said counselors from throughout the Knox County Schools system were made available at the school . … He added that the counselors would be on site for several days.

“Some [children] will react immediately and then some will react a few days later. Some kids that are close and then some kids that might not have been close to Holly but some similar incident triggers all kinds of things and so, this is something we will be doing for a while,” he said.

Reynolds added that several FHS students indicated they would attend the receiving of friends Monday afternoon at Click Funeral Home in Farragut and others would attend the funeral service Tuesday.


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