KPD e-News Release: Suspect Apprehended in Virginia Following Fatal Hit and Run Collision on Interstate 26 in Kingsport

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Apprehended in Virginia Following Fatal Hit and Run Collision on Interstate 26 in Kingsport
DATE: August 4, 2020
CASE #: 20-016542
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 4, 2020 shortly after 12:00 Noon, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on Interstate 26/U.S. 23 near the West Stone Drive interchange in Kingsport. Due to the serious nature of the incident, Crash Reconstructionists with the K.P.D. Traffic Unit were called to the scene to investigate. Their findings thus far are as follows:

A work crew was operating out of a white 2012 Ford F-550 truck owned by South East Mowing, LLC of Blountville. The F-550 was parked completely off the paved surface in the grass median on the westbound side of I-26/U.S 23. One member of the work crew was inside the F-550 as a passenger. Another member of the work crew, Stephen Colby Blackmon, was standing to the side of the F-550 adjacent to the roadway, but in the grass median completely off the pavement.

Meanwhile, a white 2014 Ford F-150 pickup, driven and solely occupied by Christopher C. Muraski, was westbound on I-26/U.S 23. Muraski’s F-150 veered off the left side of the roadway, side-swiped the F-550, and then struck Mr. Blackmon who was ultimately killed by the impact.

Mr. Muraski did not stop, but rather continued along U.S. 23 into the State of Virginia. Thanks to excellent communication by an eyewitness, the F-150 was located and stopped by the Weber City Police Department, and Mr. Muraski was arrested by that agency on independent but related charge(s). Specific inquiries regarding his arrest or his charge(s) in Virginia will be referred to the Weber City Police Department.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to thank the witness and the Weber City Police Department for their invaluable assistance with Mr. Muraski’s apprehension.

The investigation into this crash remains active and ongoing by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with charges pending. As such, additional details neither can, nor will, be released at this time.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Ford
Model F-150
Year 2014
Type Full-Size Pickup
Color White
Damage Damaged but Drivable
Driver/

Suspect

Name Christopher C. Muraski
Age 41 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Knoxville, TN
Injuries No Injury
Injuries Pending
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Ford
Model F-550
Year 2012
Type Full-Size Truck
Color White
Damage Damaged but Drivable
Owner South East Mowing, LLC

Blountville, TN

Driver Name No Driver
Age N/A
Gender/Race N/A
Residency N/A
Injuries N/A
Passenger Name Tanda L. Wright
Age 25 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
PEDESTRIAN/VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Stephen Colby Blackmon
Age 35 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Johnson City, TN
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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