KPD e-News Release: Unrestrained Driver Seriously Injured in Head-On Crash on Granby Road

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Unrestrained Driver Seriously Injured in Head-On Crash on Granby Road
DATE: January 5, 2016
CASE #: 16-000234
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On January 5, 2016 at approximately 12:40 AM, Kingsport Police Officers were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle collision on Granby Road, approximately one-quarter of a mile north of Hunter Wright Stadium. Due to the severity of injuries, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit was deployed to reconstruct the crash.

The ensuing investigation revealed that a Toyota Corolla, driven by Clayton R. Smith and occupied by four passengers, was northbound on Grandby Road in the proper lane of travel. Meanwhile, a Honda Civic, driven by sole occupant Justin W. Caudill, was southbound on Granby Road but traveling improperly, left of center, on the wrong side of the road in the northbound lane.

The vehicles struck in a head-on impact. Mr. Caudill was not wearing his seatbelt as required by law and sustained incapacitating injuries. He was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment. He is currently listed in serious but stable condition. All five occupants of the Toyota were properly restrained with only two of them reporting possible injuries and the other three appearing uninjured.

Investigators are looking into the possibility of prescription drug impairment on the part of Mr. Caudill. Blood samples were collected and submitted to the T.B.I. Crime Lab for analysis. The crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with charges pending.

Again, just to reemphasize, Mr. Caudill was the only individual involved in this crash who was not wearing his seatbelt, and not by coincidence, he was also the only one who was seriously injured.

Wearing a seatbelt can easily make the difference in a motorist being seriously injured or killed in a crash versus literally walking away from the crash with minor injuries or completely unscathed. The Kingsport Police Department encourages ALL occupants of ALL motor vehicles to wear their seatbelt ALL of the time. It is the law, but more importantly, it might just save a life.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model Civic
Year 1998
Type Compact 4-door Sedan
Color Green
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Justin W. Caudill
Age 25 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Toyota
Model Corolla
Year 2009
Type Compact 4-door Sedan
Color White
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Clayton R. Smith
Age 29 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
Passenger Name Tiffany N. Fluhartly
Age 25 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Kimberlee L. Baker
Age 20 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Castlewood, VA
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Rebecah G. Buckingham
Age 19 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
Passenger Name Jonathan L. Bailey
Age 33 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Johnson City, TN
Injuries No Injury
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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