KPD e-Press Release: Man Struck By Vehicle in Apparent Road Rage Incident

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Man Struck By Vehicle in Apparent Road Rage Incident
Date & Time January 6, 2014

Approximately 4:30 PM

Location of Incident Fort Henry Drive at Memorial Boulevard

Kingsport, TN

Individual #1 Information

Name James S. Alley
Age 46 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address Kingsport, TN
Vehicle Information 2011 Honda Civic Del Sol (Black in Color)
Injuries None

Individual #2 Information

Name Benjamin Mitchell
Age 38 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address Kingsport, TN
Vehicle Information 1995 Chevrolet Suburban (Blue in Color)
Injuries Significant but Non-Life Threatening

General Narrative

A man has been struck by a vehicle in an apparent road rage incident.

On January 6, 2014 at approximately 4:30 PM two motorists became involved in an apparent road rage altercation. The incident began when one driver became enraged when he perceived the other driver to have “cut him off” in traffic. James Alley was driving a 2011 Honda Civic Del Sol and Benjamin Mitchell was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Suburban. Both vehicles were traveling northbound on Fort Henry Drive toward Memorial Boulevard.

The moving road rage altercation spanned a distance of several blocks on Fort Henry Drive; however, no contact was made between the two vehicles. Near the intersection of Fort Henry Drive at Memorial Boulevard, the Honda was following behind the Chevrolet. The Chevrolet stopped and Mr. Mitchell stepped out of his vehicle into the traffic lane. Simultaneously, the Honda swerved to the left toward a turn lane and struck Mr. Mitchell.

Mr. Mitchell was transported to Indian Path Hospital by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment of significant, but non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Alley and Mr. Mitchell were unknown to one another prior to this incident.

Both drivers admitted to being involved in a mutual road rage incident; however, they gave conflicting statements as to how the incident unfolded. There were also multiple independent witnesses who are being interviewed. The collision was investigated by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit, and so far no charges have been filed; however, the case has been forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division for follow-up.

For additional information, please contact:

P.I.O. Thomas M. Patton

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

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer P.I.O. Thomas M. Patton

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

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