Campbell County Judge Blasts 'Culture of Medicated Drivers'

Campbell County Judge Shayne Sexton on Wednesday blasted what he referred to as a 'culture of medicated drivers' when sentencing Kevin Trent for killing a woman while driving after taking two of his prescribed medications — oxycodone and Xanax, The Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Trent, who lost his left leg below the knee and both his arms below the elbows after being hit by a drunk driver in 2005 and used a homemade system to accommodate his missing limbs, drove into oncoming traffic, hitting victim Karen Freeman’s vehicle head-on. Trent had a “therapeutic range” of Xanax in his system at the time, however, a “relatively high level of oxycodone” according to a doctor testifying at his trial.

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