|On August 24, 2017 at approximately 10:00 PM, Officers from the Kingsport Police Department Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to a serious motor vehicle collision in the 900 block of Fairview Avenue in Kingsport. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:
A 2016 Nissan Frontier pickup had been left unoccupied by the previous driver, Tina M. Robinson, in the 900 block of Fairview Avenue. Ms. Robinson had left the hazard/emergency lights flashing; however, the vehicle was illegally parked and completely blocking the only northbound travel lane of Fairview Avenue. She had deliberately placed the pickup there, so that she and her companions could load furniture into it from the roadside.
Meanwhile, a 2007 Yamaha F6S motorcycle, ridden by Hunter M. Isley, was northbound on Fairview Avenue, approaching the 900 block. According to multiple independent witnesses, Mr. Isley was driving at an excessive rate of speed and recklessly (allegedly performing the stunt commonly known as a wheelie) when he lost control of the motorcycle.
The motorcycle struck the rear end of the pickup. Mr. Isley died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. One of Ms. Robinson’s companions, Gary D. Arnold, was standing in the roadway behind the pickup when the motorcycle crashed into it. He is believed to have been possibly injured when he was struck by either the motorcycle or resultant debris; however, he refused medical treatment at the scene.
The investigation into this fatal crash is active and ongoing by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with the possibility of charges pending. As such, no additional details will be released at this time.