KPD e-News Release: Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in 2014 East Stone Drive Fatal Crash

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in 2014 East Stone Drive Fatal Crash
DATE: October 6, 2015
CASE #: 14-015071
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Sullivan County Grand Jury took no action today in a 2014 East Stone Drive motor vehicle collision that killed a 12 year old child.

Much of the following has been previously released:

On August 27, 2014 at approximately 1:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a major motor vehicle collision in the vicinity of the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center, located at 2626 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. Kingsport Police and other area first responders rushed to the scene. A subsequent investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit revealed the following:

A 2007 Kia Sedona minivan, driven by Tracey Y. Noe and occupied by two children, ages 10 and 12, had been traveling west on East Stone Drive and was stopped in the turn lane preparing to turn left into the shopping complex directly across East Stone Drive from the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center. For unknown reasons, a westbound 1995 Chevrolet Suburban full-size sport utility vehicle, driven by Catherine S. Arnold, apparently neither slowed nor stopped for the traffic ahead and struck the Kia in the rear.

The Kia was propelled forward diagonally across the intersection into the lanes that turn left from eastbound East Stone Drive into the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center, where it side-swiped a 2011 Honda CRV compact sport utility vehicle, driven by Tammy S. Gilbert with passenger, Ricky C. Gilbert. The Kia careened off the Honda and came to rest after colliding head-on with a 2008 Lexus RX250 compact sport utility vehicle, driven by Peggy H. Rasnake.

All three occupants of the Kia, received significant injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. Ms. Noe and the 10 year old child received serious injuries and were initially listed in stable condition, but have since recovered. The 12 year old child received life-threatening injuries and was initially listed in critical condition. He was later air-lifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. On Saturday, August 30, 2014 at approximately 10:30 AM he died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Ms. Arnold, the driver of the Suburban, received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. All three occupants of the other two vehicles received possible injuries, but did not require medical treatment at the time. All occupants of all four vehicles involved in the crash appear to have been properly restrained by their seatbelts. Several lanes of East Stone Drive were close for approximately four hours to allow for on-scene crash investigation and removal of the vehicles involved.

Scientific crash reconstruction analysis by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit determined that Ms. Arnold’s Suburban was traveling approximately 85 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone at the time of impact. A sample of her blood submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab tested positive for multiple prescription medications.

The findings of this investigation were turned over to the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office for review and in turn presented to the Sullivan County Grand Jury. On October 6, 2015 the Grand Jury determined no criminal wrongdoing on the part of Ms. Arnold.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Suburban
Year 1995
Type Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Catherine S. Arnold
Age 63 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Bristol, TN
Injuries Non-Life Threatening Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Kia
Model Sedona
Year 2007
Type Minivan
Color Light Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Tracey Y. Noe
Age 46 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries
Passenger Name Not Released Due to Age
Age 10 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries
Passenger Name Not Released Due to Age
Age 12 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
COLLISION VEHICLE #3 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model CRV
Year 2011
Type Compact Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Maroon
Damage Non-Disabling Damage
Driver Name Tammy S. Gilbert
Age 47 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
Passenger Name Ricky C. Gilbert
Age 54 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #4 INFORMATION
Make Lexus
Model RX350
Year 2008
Type Compact Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Beige
Damage Non-Disabling Damage
Driver Name Peggy H. Rasnake
Age 68 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

One thought on “KPD e-News Release: Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in 2014 East Stone Drive Fatal Crash

  1. The lady was doing 85 in a 45 mile zone and was not charged? She should have at least with speeding and failure to control her vehicle

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