|On September 2, 2016 at approximately 7:00 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a crash involving a pedestrian in the 5000 block of Orebank Road in Kingsport. Officers of the Kingsport Police Department Patrol Division responded. Due to the serious nature of the injuries to those involved, Crash Reconstructionists from the K.P.D. Traffic Unit were called to the scene, with their resultant investigation rendering the following:
Shari K. Rajoo was walking along a sidewalk that runs parallel to the roadway in the 5000 block of Orebank Road. She was accompanied by several family members; however, she was walking slightly behind the rest of the group.
Meanwhile, a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup, driven by James Richard Smith, was westbound in the same block of Orebank Road, negotiating a curve to the right. Mr. Smith failed to keep the truck in the proper lane, allowing it to cross the center line and the oncoming lane, and run off the left side of the roadway. He swerved back onto the road surface, but in doing so overcorrected, putting the truck into an unrecoverable spin.
Now completely out of control, the truck ran off the left side of the road a second time and crossed the sidewalk, striking Ms. Rajoo. The pickup then crashed through a wooden fence and finally came to a rest in an adjacent grassy field.
Both Ms. Rajoo and Mr. Smith sustained serious incapacitating injuries in the crash and were rushed to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for emergency treatment.
This crash remains under active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with charges pending. The Kingsport Police Department would like to thank the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance thus far with the investigation.