KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Fatal Interstate Motor Vehicle Crash

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Fatal Interstate Motor Vehicle Crash
DATE: January 4, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 3, 2015 at approximately 11:45 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Units responded to Interstate 81 at mile marker 59.8 in reference to a fatal motor vehicle crash. Their initial investigation revealed that a white 1998 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle was northbound on Interstate 81 when for unknown reasons it left the right side of the roadway. The vehicle traveled a fair distance down an embankment where it struck two trees and burst into flames. The Kingsport Fire Department responded and extinguished the blaze.

One individual, believed to be the driver, was killed in the crash. A second individual, believed to be the passenger, was critically injured and was initially transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment. However, shortly after arrival at the hospital, the second individual succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and died. Their identities are currently being withheld pending completion of the investigation and notification of next of kin.

The crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. Investigators are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who may have stopped to render aid to please contact them as soon as possible at 423-224-2750.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Ford
Model Explorer
Year 1998
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color White
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Not Released Pending Completion of Investigation and Notification of Next of Kin
Age
Race/Gender
Residency
Injuries Fatal
Passenger Name Not Release Pending Completion of Investigation and Notification of Next of Kin
Age
Race/Gender
Residency
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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