News Flash

2023 - Sheriff - News

Posted on: May 22, 2023



MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE – Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said a 33-year-old man is dead and two others were injured following a serious car accident involving three vehicles on Sevierville Road Sunday evening. In addition, deputies arrested and charged the at-fault driver with multiple counts. 

Aaron Dixon, 33, of Rockford Street, Rockford, was pronounced dead on the scene by AMR Ambulance Service medical personnel. In addition, two other individuals, a 16-year-old boy and 23-year-old man in another involved vehicle were injured. The 23-year-old was flown by Life Start to U.T. Medical Center. The 16-year-old was taken by AMR Ambulance Service to U.T. Medical Center. 

The at-fault driver, William Odom, 34, of Raintree Drive, Maryville, was arrested and charged with the following:

• DUI, 2nd offense

• Vehicle Assault

• Vehicle Homicide

Odom remains in custody at the Blount County Correctional Facility on bonds totaling $350,000 pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 1:30 pm May 22, 2023. 

Shortly before 7 pm Sunday, deputies responded to the call of a motor vehicle accident involving three vehicles on Sevierville Road at the intersection of Raintree Drive. The investigation conducted by deputies with the Traffic Safety Unit determined the following: the at-fault driver, William Odom, who was driving a 2006 Saab sedan, was attempting to make a left turn onto Sevierville Road from Raintree Drive when he pulled onto the roadway and failed to yield to a northbound 1994 Plymouth Voyager van driven by Aaron Dixon. The impact of that collision forced Dixon’s van into the opposite lane of travel, striking a 2001 F-150 Ford pick-up truck driven by Michael Roy, 23, of Maple Street, Alcoa. 

William Odom was evaluated on the scene by medics with AMR Ambulance Service before deputies conducted an investigation on him for DUI.  Michael Roy, the driver of the F-150 Ford pick-up truck was also evaluated at the scene and refused medical transport. Roy’s two male passengers, 16 and 23, remain hospitalized. 

Odom was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The deceased, Aaron Dixon, was wearing a seatbelt. Michael Roy and his two passengers were also wearing seatbelts. 

Sevierville Road remained closed for several hours Sunday evening due to the crash. Deputies with the BCSO Traffic Safety Unit are continuing the investigation into the accident. 

Sheriff Berrong is asking citizens to obey the laws regarding Tennessee’s DUI laws. 

“This serves as a sad reminder that drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can lead to serious consequences,” Sheriff Berrong said. “Getting behind the wheel intoxicated is NEVER okay. Designate a sober driver, call a ride share service, or just stay at home if you’ve been drinking. A life was cut short due to negligence, and it could have been avoided. As summer approaches and you start making holiday plans, please think about the consequences of driving intoxicated before it’s too late.”

Facebook Twitter Email