KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Fatal Interstate 81 Crash

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 Fatal Interstate 81 Crash
DATE: December 15, 2022
CASE #: 22-024807
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 15, 2022 at approximately 7:30 AM, the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit responded to a motor vehicle collision on northbound Interstate 81 at mile-marker 59 in Kingsport. The subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A previous crash just north of this location was already under investigation and had obstructed the normal flow of traffic. A white 2022 Freightliner Cascadia and a silver 2020 Honda Pilot Sport Utility Vehicle had slowed or stopped, in the right and left lanes respectively, due to traffic congestion ahead.

A red 2016 Hyundai Accent 4 door sedan was slowing in the right lane behind the Freightliner, when it was struck in the rear by a white 2017 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup pulling a utility trailer. After the initial impact, the red Hyundai slid sideways into the rear of the Freightliner and the Honda.

A white 2022 Hyundai Elantra 4 door sedan was traveling behind the Dodge pickup. The driver attempted to change lanes from right to left in order to avoid the crash. Unable to stop in time, the white Hyundai crashed into the driver’s side of the Dodge pickup.

The driver of the Dodge pickup, Gary John Hochstein, III of Mount Hope, West Virginia, was killed in the crash. Three other motorists involved in the crash sustained suspected minor injuries. Six other motorists involved in the crash were uninjured.

Northbound Interstate 81 remained either completely or partially closed for several hours; however, 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 Freightliner
Model Cascadia
Year 2022
Type Tractor Trailer
Color White
Damage Functional Damage/Driven Away
Driver Name Ramiro Anthony Davila
Age 54 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Ocala, Florida
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Jordan Michael McKenzie
Age 30 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Okeechobee, Florida
Injuries No injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model Pilot
Year 2020
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Silver
Damage Functional Damage/Driven Away
Driver Name Frank D. Crawford
Age 56 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 15 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #3 INFORMATION
Make Hyundai
Model Accent
Year 2016
Type 4 Door Sedan
Color Red
Damage Disabling Damage/Towed Away
Driver Name Billy J. Williams
Age 35 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Limestone, TN
Injuries Suspected Minor Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #4 INFORMATION
Make Dodge
Model Ram 3500
Year 2017
Type Pickup
Color White
Damage Disabling Damage/Towed Away
Driver Name Gary John Hochstein, III
Age 35 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Mount Hope, WV
Injuries Fatal
Passenger Name Quinton Steptoe
Age 36 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Bluefield, WV
Injuries Suspected Minor Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #5 INFORMATION
Make Hyundai
Model Elantra
Year 2022
Type 4 Door Sedan
Color White
Damage Disabling Damage/Towed Away
Driver Name Destiny T. Lunsford
Age 23 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Jonesborough, TN
Injuries Suspected Minor 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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