KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Traffic Unit Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Union Street

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: K.P.D. Traffic Unit Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Union Street
DATE: September 22, 2018
CASE #: 18-026900
On September 21, 2018 at approximately 6:15 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle on Union Street at the intersection with Greenway Street in Kingsport. Based upon the severity of the crash, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit responded to investigate. Their findings are as follows:

A white 2001 GMC Yukon (full-size S.U.V.), driven by Henrietta R. Weaver, was eastbound on Greenway Street preparing to turn left onto northbound Union Street. Meanwhile, a black Yamaha R1 (racing-style sport motorcycle), ridden by Johnny D. Berry, had turned off of West Stone Drive and was southbound on Union Street.

Just as the GMC pulled forward into the intersection, the Yamaha topped the crest of a hill and struck the driver’s side of the GMC. Mr. Berry was seriously injured in the crash and transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County EMS. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital. Neither Ms. Weaver, nor her passenger, were injured in the crash.

Based upon evidence at the scene, corroborated by independent eye-witness testimony, Investigators determined that the Yamaha was being operated at a high rate of speed, and the front wheel was off the ground as it crested the hill just prior to impact.

This crash remains under open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. Accordingly, no additional information is available for release at this time.

Make GMC
Model Yukon
Year 2001
Type Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
Color White
Damage Functional Damage
Driver Name Henrietta R. Weaver
Age 23 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name William J. Caporiccio
Age 29 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
Make Yamaha
Model R1
Year 2005
Type Racing-Style Sport Motorcycle
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Johnny D. Berry
Age 26 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Church Hill, TN
Injuries Fatal
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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


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