KPD e-News Release: Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Crash with S.U.V.

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

SUBJECT: Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Crash with S.U.V.
DATE: June 7, 2016
CASE #: 16-011945
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.

Make Lexus
Model RX330
Year 2004
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color White
Damage Functional Damage
Driver Name Chelsey L. Ketron
Age 28 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
Make Yamaha
Model R6
Year 2011
Type Sport Style Motorcycle
Color Red
Damage Functional Damage
Driver Name Ethan J. Begley
Age 25 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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