KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Fatal Thursday Morning 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 Thursday Morning Crash
DATE: December 22, 2022
CASE #: 22-025312
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 22, 2022 at approximately 9:40 AM, the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit responded to a motor vehicle collision on West Stone Drive at Lewis Lane in Kingsport. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A black 2021 Kia Sorrento sport utility vehicle, occupied by driver, Roxanne D. Sewell (57), and passenger, Phyllis E. Rappleyea (76), both of Kingsport, was westbound on West Stone Drive approaching Lewis Lane.

A maroon, 2006 Toyota Camry 4 door sedan, occupied by driver, Etta E. Fields (79) and passenger, James B. Fields (92), both of Rogersville, was eastbound on West Stone Drive approaching Lewis Lane.

Ms. Fields failed to yield the right-of-way and attempted a left turn from West Stone Drive to Lewis Lane, turning her Toyota directly into the path of the Kia, resulting in an angular impact between the two vehicles.

Ms. Sewell and Ms. Fields sustained suspected minor injuries that were addressed at the scene. Mr. Fields sustained suspected minor injuries and was transported by Sullivan County EMS to an area hospital for evaluation.

Ms. Rappleyea sustained serious injuries and was transported by Sullivan County EMS to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment. Investigators were later notified that she succumbed to her injuries and died approximately one hour later while still hospitalized.

Both vehicles sustained disabling damage necessitating that they be towed from the scene.

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

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Kia
Model Sorrento
Year 2021
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Roxanne D. Sewell
Age 57 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Suspected Minor Injury
Passenger Name Phyllis E. Rappleyea
Age 76 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Toyota
Model Camry
Year 2006
Type 4 Door Sedan
Color Maroon
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Etta E. Fields
Age 79 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Rogersville, TN
Injuries Suspected Minor Injury
Passenger Name James B. Fields
Age 92 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Rogersville, 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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