KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Serious Afternoon Crash on Fort Henry Drive

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: Kingsport Police Investigating Serious Afternoon Crash on Fort Henry Drive
DATE: September 8, 2021
CASE #: 21-018957
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 8, 2021 at approximately 4:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision on Fort Henry Drive at the intersection of Randolph Street in Kingsport. Due to the serious nature of the crash, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit responded to investigate. Their findings thus far are as follows:

A red 2006 Jeep Wrangler sport utility vehicle, driven and solely occupied by Justin T. Wilcox, was southbound on Fort Henry Drive. Meanwhile, a green Mazda B2300 pickup, driven and solely occupied by Ronald Z. Bennett was northbound on Fort Henry Drive. For reasons still under investigation, the Mazda driven by Mr. Bennett veered across the center lane into oncoming traffic and struck the Jeep in the driver’s side.

Mr. Wilcox sustained suspected minor injuries; however, Mr. Bennett sustained suspected major injuries. Both drivers were transported by Sullivan County E.M.S. to area hospitals for treatment. As of the time of issuance of this news release, their conditions are not known. Mr. Bennett’s driver license status is currently revoked.

Traffic was extremely congested in the area for an extended period of time as first responders worked to treat and transport the injured, investigate the crash, and clear the involved vehicles and associated debris. 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 additional details are currently available for release.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Jeep
Model Wrangler
Year 2006
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Red
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Justin T. Wilcox
Age 42 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Suspected Minor Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Mazda
Model B2300
Year 1994
Type Pickup
Color Green
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Ronald Z. Bennett
Age 36 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Suspected Major 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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