Man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in 2011 wreck that killed elderly woman

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 5:01pm

Steven Allen, 32, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide after he caused a head-on car crash with an elderly couple.

According to investigators, traces of Soma and Xanax were found in Allen’s system after he crossed a centerline on Clarksville Pike and hit Velma Burkhart’s car on Aug. 11, 2011.

Burkhart died at the hospital. Her husband, James Burkhart, also sustained injuries.

Allen had a bottle of hydrocodone pills in his pocket at the time of the crash. He received a sentence of 10 years for vehicular homicide by intoxication and vehicular assault, according to the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office.

Allen, who entered his guilty plea Monday, will also serve a consecutive six-year sentence for a felony drug charge.