KPD e-News Release: Pedestrian Killed in Weather Related Interstate 81 Crash

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Pedestrian Killed in Weather Related Interstate 81 Crash
DATE: December 10, 2018
CASE #: 18-032931
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 9, 2018 at approximately 1:30 PM, a tractor trailer had become disabled and was stopped on the shoulder of northbound Interstate 81 just before exit 66 in Kingsport. The driver, later identified as William James Taylor (58 Years of Age of Robertsdale, Alabama), was walking away from, and just to the north of, the disabled tractor trailer.

Other northbound vehicles were moving over to the left for safety as they passed the disabled tractor trailer. One of those vehicles was a black 2017 Dodge Journey, driven by Scott Russell Register (42 Years of Age of Hughesville, Maryland) and occupied by three additional passengers.

As the Dodge Journey merged to the left, it hit a patch of slush and snow in the travel lane, causing Mr. Register to lose control of the vehicle. The Dodge swerved back to the right across both northbound travel lanes and struck Mr. Taylor as he was walking along the shoulder. Mr. Taylor died as a result of the impact.

This motor vehicle collision remains under active investigation by the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit. As such, no additional information is available for release at this time.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Dodge
Model Journey
Year 2017
Type Mid-Sized Crossover Utility Vehicle
Color Black
Damage Functional Damage
Driver Name Scott Russell Register
Age 42 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Hughesville, Maryland
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Ashley M. Register
Age 28 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Hughesville, Maryland
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 5 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Hughesville, Maryland
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 8 Months of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Hughesville, Maryland
Injuries No Injury
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name William James Taylor
Age 58 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Robertsdale, Alabama
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

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