- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Maryville man who died in a head-on crash that killed five other people had been arrested at least three times for drunken driving.

Robert Lee Sorenson was arrested on DUI charges in 2002, 2004 and 2009, according to Blount County Sheriff James Berrong. Berrong told The Knoxville News Sentinel that last month Sorenson called police to say he had been shot (https://bit.ly/1P8rSy5). Police found it to be self-inflicted.

Sorenson was driving late Thursday night when his SUV veered into the wrong lane of US 411 South and collided with a minivan carrying eight people. Two adults and three children inside the minivan were killed.

Police have not determined whether Sorenson was intoxicated during the crash.

Police identified those killed in the minivan as driver Tammy James, 52, and passengers Christy Manuel, 30; Cody Manuel, 13; Christopher Manuel, 8; and Gavin Manuel, 1.



All were from Greenback, about 30 miles southwest of Knoxville.

Cody and Christopher Manuel attended Greenback School in nearby Loudon County. Principal Mike Casteel heard about the wreck as he was getting ready for work Friday morning.

“I told my wife, ‘I hope that’s none of our folks,’ but then on the way in I got the call from our school resource officer that they were our students,” he said. “Bottom line, they were all good kids.”

Berrong said deputies set a speed radar Thursday night a mile south of where the crash occurred.

“He (Sorensen) had to have gone through there, so we know he was not violating the speed limit a mile south of the crash site,” the sheriff said.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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