KPD e-News Release: Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle in Downtown Kingsport Crosswalk

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle in Downtown Kingsport Crosswalk
DATE: December 11, 2014
On December 11, 2014 at approximately 2:00 PM, Officers from the Kingsport Police Department’s Traffic Unit responded the intersection of East Center Street at Cherokee Street in reference to a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Their investigation revealed the following:

A 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan, driven by Cara L. McConnell, was making a left turn from southbound Cherokee Street to eastbound East Center Street on a green light. At the same time, a pedestrian identified as 85 year old Helen Christian was crossing East Center Street in the crosswalk with the “Walk” signal.

Ms. McConnell did not see Ms. Christian in the crosswalk. Her minivan struck Ms. Christian, knocking her to the ground. Ms. Christian sustained incapacitating injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment. Her injuries do not appear to be life-threatening at this time.

Ms. McConnell was cited for Failure to Yield Right-of-Way to a Pedestrian.

The Kingsport Police Department cautions area motorists to always be on the lookout for pedestrians. In many intersections such as this one, it is possible for a vehicle to have a green light and a pedestrian to have a “Walk” signal at the same time. But in such instances, even though the vehicle has a green light, the driver must still yield to the pedestrian in the crosswalk.

Make Honda
Model Odyssey
Year 2011
Type Minivan
Color White
Damage Minor
Driver Name Cara L. McConnell
Age 45 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
Charge(s) Failure to Yield Right-of-Way
Name Helen Christian
Age 85 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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