KPD e-Press Release: Fatal Vehicle Crash (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Fatal Vehicle Crash
Date & Time September 14, 2013

Approximately 8:15 PM

Location of Incident Fort Henry Drive near South Street
Victim(s) See Below
Injuries 1 Fatal

3 Critically Injured

Vehicle #1 Information

Make Ford
Model Expedition
Year 1999
Color Blue
Damage Total/Irreparable

Driver of Vehicle #1 Information

Name Walter T. Bellamy
Date of Birth/Age 7/22/1955

58 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 293 Bobby Drive

Kingsport, TN

Injuries Critical

Passenger of Vehicle #1 Information

Name Angela K. Bellamy
Date of Birth/Age 5/2/1962

51 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Female
Address 293 Bobby Drive

Kingsport, TN

Injuries Critical

Passenger of Vehicle #1 Information

Name Colton S. Bellamy
Date of Birth/Age 6/11/1993

20 Years of Age

Race/Sex White/Male
Address 293 Bobby Drive

Kingsport, TN

Injuries Critical

Vehicle #2 Information

Make Acura
Model Unknown
Year Unknown
Color Dark Colored (Unknown Exact Color Due to Damage)
Damage Total/Irreparable

Driver of Vehicle #2 Information

Name Not Released Pending Identification and Notification of Family Members
Date of Birth/Age Not Released
Race/Sex Race Not Released/Female
Address Not Released
Injuries Fatal

Good Samaritan/Brave Citizen #1 Information

Name Justin K. Addington
Date of Birth/Age 8/17/1990

23 Years of Age

Race/Sex W/M
Address 353 Willow Hollow Road

Kingsport, TN

Injuries Minor burn on hand

Good Samaritan/Brave Citizen #2 Information

Name Chris G. Faber
Date of Birth/Age 10/24/1986

26 Years of Age

Race/Sex W/M
Address 1003 Oracle Court

Johnson City, TN

Injuries None

General Narrative

UPDATE: Some vehicle and driver/passenger information is being released in the fatal traffic crash.

Some updated vehicle and driver/passenger information has been added to this release. The identity of the deceased driver of the Acura will not be released yet pending positive identification and notification of family members.

K.P.D. Traffic Unit Crash Reconstructionists have calculated the speed at impact of both vehicle involved. The Ford SUV was travelling 35 miles per hour, which is well within the posted speed limit of 45 mph. However, the Acura was travelling 104 mph when it crossed the center lane and struck the Ford SUV head-on.

The identities of the Good Samaritans who rescued the occupants of the Ford SUV and attempted the rescue of the driver of the Acura are also included in this release.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to commend these brave citizens who placed their own well-being at risk to save the lives of three complete strangers. Were it not for their prompt response and selfless actions, more lives would likely have been lost.

As previously released:

One individual has been killed, and three critically injured, in a head-on collision.

On September 14, 2013 at approximately 8:15 PM, the Kingsport Police Department was notified of a two vehicle crash on Ft. Henry Drive near South Street.

The investigation revealed that a Ford Sport Utility Vehicle with three occupants was southbound on Fort Henry Drive in the inside lane and was passing South Street. A passenger car was northbound on Fort Henry Drive and was approaching South Street at a very high rate of speed. The passenger car crossed the center turn lane, entered the southbound inside lane and struck the Ford SUV head on.

After the impact, both vehicles erupted into flames. Several citizens stopped to assist, and two citizens pulled the occupants of the Ford SUV to safety while the vehicle was still on fire. The two citizens also attempted to removed the driver of the passenger car from the vehicle but could not due to the flames.

The driver of the passenger car received fatal injuries. All three occupants of the Ford SUV were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center with critical injuries.

At this time the name of the involved will not be released pending identification and notification of family members.

The investigation is ongoing by the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit.

For additional information, please contact:

Sgt. Joe Earles

K.P.D. Traffic Unit

423-224-2750

JoeEarles@KingsportTN.gov

or

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Dale Farmer

K.P.D. Traffic Unit

Supervisor Sgt. Joe Earles

K.P.D. Traffic Unit

One thought on “KPD e-Press Release: Fatal Vehicle Crash (Update)

  1. this is so sad…. praying for the critical injured and the family of the girl that was driving the car…:-(

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