Ambulance driver accused of manslaughter appears in court

A former Knox County ambulance driver charged with manslaughter appeared in court Friday, Nov. 6.

Kevin French, 25, of Keavy, is on trial for the death of a Knox County teen, Sampson Callender.  French was allegedly under the influence of intoxicants when he drove an ambulance onto the median of U.S. 25E and into a group of cyclists. Callender and two other boys were struck by the vehicle.

French was charged with second degree manslaughter, two counts of second degree assault, and speeding 15 mph over the speed limit.

During his pretrial conference Friday, French’s attorney, David Hoskins, addressed a motion entered by Commonwealth attorneys. The Commonwealth entered a simple request for French’s medical records.

Hoskins said, “On the date of the incident, a blood sample was taken from my client, other than

that blood sample, I’m not sure what evidence the Commonwealth would be looking for.”

Hoskins requested 14 days to consider the Commonwealth’s request and Circuit Judge Thomas Jensen sustained the motion.

French is scheduled for another pretrial conference on Dec. 4. He will remain out of custody on a $10,000 bond.