|On June 6, 2016 at approximately 10:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a crash with serious injuries on West Stone Drive at Riverside Avenue. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:
A 2011 Yamaha R6 motorcycle, driven by Ethan J. Begley, was traveling in the left westbound lane of West Stone Drive, approaching the intersection of Riverside Avenue. A 2004 Lexus RX330 sport utility vehicle, driven by Chelsey L. Ketron, made a right turn from southbound Riverside Avenue to westbound West Stone Drive.
Rather than turn into, and remain within, the right lane of Stone Drive, she immediately and improperly merged into the left lane into the path of the motorcycle. Mr. Begley applied the brakes and attempted evasive action, but was unable to avoid striking the rear of the S.U.V.
He was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment. Ms. Ketron was not injured in the crash.
Ms. Ketron told officers that she never saw the motorcycle. This crash remains under investigation with charges pending.