KPD e-News Release: Pickup Crashes Through Wal-Mart Entrance Injuring Family

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Pickup Crashes Through Wal-Mart Entrance Injuring Family
DATE: February 23, 2016
CASE #: 16-003740
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On February 23, 2016 at approximately 6:45 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision involving four pedestrians at Wal-Mart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport. The ensuing investigation revealed the following:

A family of four, including a father, a mother, and two small children (18 months and 6 months of age) were exiting the store, pushing a shopping cart through the painted crosswalk, just outside the General Merchandise (west) entrance. The six month old was riding in the shopping cart.

Meanwhile, a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 full-size pickup was being backed from a parking space by the 79 year old driver, Robert L. Waterman. Mr. Waterman stated that thinking he was pressing the brake pedal, he mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead.

The pickup accelerated backward toward the store, striking the family and pushing them through the exterior doors back inside the store. The pickup finally came to a stop completely inside the foyer area of the store. There were reinforced barricade poles in place; however, the pickup was able to slip between two of the poles.

The family of four were all transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of incapacitating injuries. At this time, none of their injuries appear to be life-threatening. Mr. Waterman was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center as well for evaluation of potential injuries he may have sustained in the crash.

As this crash occurred on private property rather than a public roadway, no charges were immediately filed.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Dodge
Model Ram 1500
Year 1997
Type Full-Size Pickup Truck
Color White
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Robert L. Waterman
Age 79 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injuries
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name Jacob H. Marshall
Age 24 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name Kirsten L. McPeek
Age 20 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 18 Months of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 6 Months of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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