KPD e-News Release: Motorcyclist Killed in North John B. Dennis Highway Motor Vehicle Collision

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Motorcyclist Killed in North John B. Dennis Highway Motor Vehicle Collision
DATE: June 30, 2021
CASE #: 21-013510
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On June 30, 2021 at approximately 6:00 PM, Crash Reconstructionists with the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit were called to the scene of a motor vehicle collision in the 2600 block of North John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A blue 2004 Yamaha sport-type motorcycle, operated and solely ridden by John W. Williams, was southbound on North John B. Dennis Highway when it crashed into the driver’s side of a white 2018 Chevrolet Express work van, occupied by driver, David J. Helton, and passenger, Jeffery C. Wolfe.

Mr. Williams was killed in the crash. Neither Mr. Helton nor Mr. Wolfe sustained injuries.

When the collision occurred, the van was exiting a private parking lot and crossing southbound traffic in order to complete a left turn to northbound North John B. Dennis Highway. While the van did in fact pull into the path of the motorcycle, other contributing factors are believed to be involved.

Based upon multiple eyewitness statements and evidence recovered at the scene, investigators have reason to believe that excessive speed on the part of the motorcycle played a significant role in the crash.

The southbound lanes of North John B. Dennis Highway remained closed for three and a half hours to allow for a thorough and safe investigation and removal of the vehicles involved. The scene has since been cleared, and normal traffic patterns have resumed.

This crash remains under open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. As such, no further details are available for release at this time.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Express
Year 2018
Type Work Van
Color White
Damage Functional Damage
Driver Name David J. Helton
Age 60 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Jeffery C. Wolfe
Age 59 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Mount Carmel, TN
Injuries No Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Yamaha
Model Motorcycle
Year 2004
Type Sport-Type Motorcycle
Color Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name John W. Williams
Age 29 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal Injuries
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

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