The driver of a car that crashed head-on Sunday night into a motorcycle, causing fatal injuries to the rider, appeared Friday morning in General Sessions Court on a charge of vehicular homicide.

Rinda Lynn McClellan, 32, of Lovers Lane, was driving a 1991 Mercedes sedan about 10:40 p.m. Sunday on the Newport Highway that crashed into a Harley-Davidson motorcycle operated by Jeffrey C. Underwood, 45, of Mosheim.

The Mercedes crossed the center line of the roadway and struck the motorcycle head-on. Underwood died in the crash, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol crash report.

McClellan also suffered injuries. She was charged with vehicular homicide, driving on a suspended license and cited for not driving on the right side of the road, failure to exercise due care and having no proof of vehicle insurance.

The Tennessee law code entered by a trooper on an arrest warrant indicated the most serious charge against McClellan was vehicular assault, but the charge was actually vehicular homicide, according to the THP.

Bond for McClellan was set at $101,000. A Nov. 30 preliminary hearing date was set Friday in General Sessions Court.

A public defender was appointed Friday to represent McClellan.

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