Escambia Man Sentenced For Vehicular Homicide

May 25, 2019

An Escambia County man has been sentenced to prison for vehicular homicide.

Denorris Antonio Wright was sentenced to serve 17 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge W. Joel Boles for vehicular homicide, fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana, and driving while license suspended.

Wright fled from a traffic stop initiated by an Escambia County Sheriff’s deputy on June 2, 2017, successfully eluding the officer. His flight ended when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Ember’s Landing and collided with the vehicle being driven by Sam Lee Knight of Pensacola.

Knight passed away from his injuries.

At the time of the crash, Wright’s driver’s license was suspended. After being taken into custody immediately after the crash, Wright destroyed evidence by consuming raw marijuana he had on his person.


4 Responses to “Escambia Man Sentenced For Vehicular Homicide”

  1. Just Saying on May 30th, 2019 6:58 pm

    @Charlotte Bates,

    Most people with a suspended license were suspended because they either had tickets they couldn’t afford to pay or they got behind in child support payments. Putting them in jail isn’t going to get those fines paid and will actually cost a lot more for feeding and housing them nor will it get those children their child support.

    Each of your “solutions” will only cost the taxpayers an exorbitant amount of money for incarceration and welfare/food stamps/Medicaid/unemployment, etc. Yes, something different needs to be done but definitely NOT either of your suggestions.

  2. Carol H on May 25th, 2019 2:27 pm

    I personally know of one individual who has been pulled over countless times and charged with driving on a suspended license and drug possession and gets away with a slap on the wrist EVERY TIME! People will continue doing the same illegal activity if they are not held responsible for their actions. The license was suspended for a reason, stay out from behind the wheel or issue tougher penalties than a slap on the wrist if caught! Something needs to be done at the court level to make these people more responsible for their actions and prevent innocent people from being hurt or killed!

  3. Charlotte Bates on May 25th, 2019 9:49 am

    Here we go again. Suspended license and still driving. This problem could be solved if anyone that gets their license suspended , should go to jail. This will stop suspended license drivers from driving. If their license is suspended for six months, then serve six months in jail. So forth and so on. Many people are killed from drivers that have had their license suspended, and if they were in jail, instead of driving again, that person may well be alive today. I know this is not the perfect solution, and not all people drive again if they get their license suspended, but I would dare to say that three out of five people that do get their license suspended will drive again, either drunk, on some kind of drug they are on, or texting.

  4. rance on May 25th, 2019 3:30 am

    Only 17 years – no justice there for murder with a vehicle….he should rot in prison

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