KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Conclude 2014 Fatal Motorcycle Crash Investigation

Kingsport Police Department

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Conclude 2014 Fatal Motorcycle Crash Investigation
DATE: March 26, 2015
CASE #: 14-017130
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 25, 2014 at approximately 9:15 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Units responded to the 600 block of West Stone Drive at the intersection with Sherman Place in reference to a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. The subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door hatchback, driven by Rachel N. Rhoton, was traveling east on West Stone Drive in the far left eastbound lane approaching the intersection with Sherman Place. A 1997 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail motorcycle, operated by Jack H. Coffey, was traveling west on West Stone Drive; however, it was traveling left of center (on the wrong side of the road) in the same eastbound lane, headed directly toward the Chrysler.

The motorcycle struck the Chrysler head-on. Mr. Coffey was thrown from the motorcycle and was killed in the crash. Ms. Rhoton and her passenger both sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment.

This crash has been under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit since the night it occurred. A check of Mr. Coffey’s driver license status indicated that it was suspended at the time of the crash. Furthermore, on March 24, 2015 the T.B.I. Crime Laboratory returned blood test results indicating that Mr. Coffey had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.115 at the time of the crash, which is well over the legal limit of .08 BAC.

Mr. Coffey’s impaired state coupled with him operating his motorcycle on the wrong side of the road were found to be the only contributing factors in this crash. This investigation is now closed.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Harley Davidson
Model Heritage Softail
Year 1997
Type Motorcycle
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Jack H. Coffey
Age 56 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Johnson City, TN
Injuries Fatal
COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Chrysler
Model PT Cruiser
Year 2002
Type 4-door Hatchback
Color Purple
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Rachel N. Rhoton
Age 18 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Non-Life Threatening
Passenger Name Sarah L. Arnold
Age 25 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Non-Life Threatening
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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