KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Investigating Motor Vehicle Collision Involving Pedestrian Behind Dobyns-Bennett High School (Update)

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: K.P.D. Investigating Motor Vehicle Collision Involving Pedestrian Behind Dobyns-Bennett High School (Update)
DATE: August 16, 2021
CASE #: 21-017281
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: On August 16, 2021 just after 3:00 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on East Center Street, behind Dobyns-Bennett High School, in Kingsport. Due to the nature of the incident, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit responded to the scene. Their resultant investigation revealed the following:

A silver 2019 Honda SUV sport utility vehicle, driven and solely occupied by a 17 year old female juvenile, was westbound in the 1600 block of East Center Street, behind Dobyns-Bennett High School, in Kingsport.

Meanwhile, a 15 year old male juvenile pedestrian was on the school side of the roadway and attempting to cross East Center Street. According to the driver and several witnesses, the pedestrian darted between two school buses and into the path of the vehicle which subsequently struck him.

The pedestrian sustained suspected major injuries and was transported to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment. As of the time of issuance of this news release, he remains hospitalized in serious condition. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. Both individuals are students at Dobyns-Bennett High School.

A marked crosswalk, to provide for safe and legal crossing, was available for use within close proximity to where this collision occurred; however, it was not used in this instance.

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

As previously released:

On August 16, 2021 just after 3:00 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on East Center Street behind Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport. Due to the nature of the incident, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit responded to the scene. Their investigation is currently underway.

The initial findings indicate that the crash involved a juvenile female driver and a juvenile male pedestrian. Both individuals are students at Dobyns-Bennett High School.

The pedestrian sustained serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment. As of the time of issuance of this news release, his condition is unknown. Parents of both students have already been notified.

As the investigation is still in its infancy, no further details are currently available for release. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available, but only at an appropriate point in the investigation.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model CRV
Year 2019
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Silver
Damage Functional Damage
Driver Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 17 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 15 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Suspected Major Injury
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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