KPD e-Press Release: Motor Vehicle versus Bicycle Collision

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Motor Vehicle versus Bicycle Collision
Date & Time 08/20/2013

Approximately 3:30 PM

Location of Incident 400 Wilcox Drive (Eastman Toy F. Reid Employee Center)
Victim See Below
Injuries Non-Life Threatening Head Injuries

Driver Information

Name Teresa F. Christian
Age 53 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Female
Address Caney Valley Loop Road

Surgoinsville, TN

Vehicle Information 2006 Ford Five Hundred

Bicyclist Information

Name Richard E. Johnson
Age 48 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address Broad Street

Kingsport, TN

Vehicle Information Trek Bicycle

General Narrative

A vehicle and a bicycle collided at the intersection of a parking lot and a mobility path resulting in injuries to the cyclist.

On August 20, 2013 at 3:30 PM officers with the Kingsport Police Department responded to a motor vehicle collision at 400 Wilcox Drive (Eastman Toy F. Reid Employee Center). The collision involved a vehicle and a bicyclist.

The investigation revealed that a 2006 Ford Five Hundred driven by Teresa Christian was stopped at the stop sign on the Private Drive preparing to make a right turn onto southbound South Wilcox Drive. Mrs. Christian stated that as she started to pull out, she did not see Richard Johnson traveling northbound on the mobility path on his bicycle. She pulled into the path of the Mr. Johnson causing him to fall off the bike into the roadway.

Mr. Johnson was not wearing a safety helmet. He sustained non-life threatening head injuries and was subsequently transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County EMS for treatment. The investigation is ongoing by the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit.

Had Mr. Johnson worn a helmet in this crash, his injuries would likely have been lessened or even non-existent. The Kingsport Police Department wishes to stress the importance of always wearing a protective helmet while riding a bicycle, whether on a roadway, on private property, on a mobility path, or even off-road.

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Dustin Jackson

K.P.D. Traffic Unit



Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

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


Releasing Officer Ptl. Dustin Jackson
Supervisor Sergeant Joe Earles

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