KPD e-News Release: Pedestrian Killed in Weather Related Interstate 81 Crash

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Pedestrian Killed in Weather Related Interstate 81 Crash
DATE: December 10, 2018
CASE #: 18-032931
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 9, 2018 at approximately 1:30 PM, a tractor trailer had become disabled and was stopped on the shoulder of northbound Interstate 81 just before exit 66 in Kingsport. The driver, later identified as William James Taylor (58 Years of Age of Robertsdale, Alabama), was walking away from, and just to the north of, the disabled tractor trailer.

Other northbound vehicles were moving over to the left for safety as they passed the disabled tractor trailer. One of those vehicles was a black 2017 Dodge Journey, driven by Scott Russell Register (42 Years of Age of Hughesville, Maryland) and occupied by three additional passengers.

As the Dodge Journey merged to the left, it hit a patch of slush and snow in the travel lane, causing Mr. Register to lose control of the vehicle. The Dodge swerved back to the right across both northbound travel lanes and struck Mr. Taylor as he was walking along the shoulder. Mr. Taylor died as a result of the impact.

This motor vehicle collision remains under active investigation by the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit. As such, no additional information is available for release at this time.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Dodge
Model Journey
Year 2017
Type Mid-Sized Crossover Utility Vehicle
Color Black
Damage Functional Damage
Driver Name Scott Russell Register
Age 42 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Hughesville, Maryland
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Ashley M. Register
Age 28 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Hughesville, Maryland
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 5 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Hughesville, Maryland
Injuries No Injury
Passenger Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 8 Months of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Hughesville, Maryland
Injuries No Injury
PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION
Name William James Taylor
Age 58 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Robertsdale, Alabama
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport City Court Closed Monday

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport City Court Closed Monday
DATE: December 9, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Kingsport City Court will be closed tomorrow, Monday, December 10, 2018 due to inclement weather and hazardous driving conditions. Anyone with a case set for December 10th will be contacted by the City Court Clerk to reschedule their case to a later date.
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Issue Interstate 81 Traffic Advisory Due to Overturned Tractor Trailer (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Issue Interstate 81 Traffic Advisory Due to Overturned Tractor Trailer (Update)
DATE: December 7, 2018
CASE #: 18-032785
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 7, 2018 as of 4:00 PM, southbound I-81 is back open for traffic.

As previously released:

On December 7, 2018 at approximately 2:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to Interstate 81 near the Interstate 26 interchange in reference to a crash involving an overturned tractor-trailer. As of the time of issuance of this news release, southbound I-81 is completely blocked.

Motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid this area if at all possible, and seek an alternate route, so as to avoid unnecessary congestion and delays. Anyone already in the immediate area is asked to slow down, be patient, pay attention, an obey all traffic instructions.

Specific information regarding the crash itself is not available at this time.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Issue Interstate 81 Traffic Advisory Due to Overturned Tractor Trailer

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Issue Interstate 81 Traffic Advisory Due to Overturned Tractor Trailer
DATE: December 7, 2018
CASE #: 18-032785
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 7, 2018 at approximately 2:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to Interstate 81 near the Interstate 26 interchange in reference to a crash involving an overturned tractor-trailer. As of the time of issuance of this news release, southbound I-81 is completely blocked.

Motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid this area if at all possible, and seek an alternate route, so as to avoid unnecessary congestion and delays. Anyone already in the immediate area is asked to slow down, be patient, pay attention, an obey all traffic instructions.

Specific information regarding the crash itself is not available at this time.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Wilcox Drive Completely Closed Due to Crash (Update #2)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Wilcox Drive Completely Closed Due to Crash (Update #2)
DATE: December 5, 2018
CASE #: 18-032616
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 5, 2018 as of approximately 1:30 PM, workers were in the process of removing road closure barricades and detour signage along Wilcox Drive. Normal traffic patterns should be resuming within the next few minutes.

As previously released:

On December 5, 2018 at approximately 4:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a single vehicle crash with possible injury in the 1000 block of Wilcox Drive in Kingsport. The subsequent investigation, which included an independent witness account, determined the following:

A black 2001 Toyota Camry was northbound on Wilcox Drive when the driver and sole occupant, Molly E. Tinkham, apparently fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle veered to the left across oncoming traffic lanes and struck a utility pole on the opposite side of the roadway. After striking the pole, her vehicle continued down an embankment before coming to a stop.

Ms. Tinkham was checked at the scene for possible injuries by Sullivan County E.M.S; however, she declined transport to a hospital for further treatment. She could not provide proof of insurance on her vehicle. She was cited for 1) Failure to Exercise Due Care and 2) Failure to Comply with Financial Responsibility (No Insurance).

The broken utility pole and downed utility lines stretched across Wilcox Drive necessitating a complete road closure from Meadowview Parkway to Jared Drive. Appropriate detours have been implemented. AEP is currently estimating that the road closure will likely remain in effect until at least mid-afternoon today.

Motorists should make every possible effort to avoid this area and seek an alternate route. Anyone already in the immediate area is asked to slow down, pay attention, be patient, and follow all traffic instructions.

An update will be issued when normal traffic patterns resume.

As previously released:

On December 5, 2018 at approximately 4:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a crash with injury in the 1000 block of Wilcox Drive in Kingsport. As a result of this crash, a broken utility pole and downed utility lines are stretched across Wilcox Drive. Wilcox Drive is completely closed indefinitely in both directions from Meadowview Parkway to Jared Drive until the roadway can be cleared.

Detours are in the process of being put in place. Motorists, especially morning commuter traffic, should make every possible effort to avoid this area and seek an alternate route. Anyone already in the immediate area is asked to slow down, pay attention, be patient, and follow all traffic instructions. Specific details regarding the crash itself will not be available until later in the day today.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Toyota
Model Camry
Year 2001
Type 4-Door Sedan
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Molly E. Tinkham
Age 28 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Wilcox Drive Completely Closed Due to Crash (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Wilcox Drive Completely Closed Due to Crash (Update)
DATE: December 5, 2018
CASE #: 18-032616
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 5, 2018 at approximately 4:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a single vehicle crash with possible injury in the 1000 block of Wilcox Drive in Kingsport. The subsequent investigation, which included an independent witness account, determined the following:

A black 2001 Toyota Camry was northbound on Wilcox Drive when the driver and sole occupant, Molly E. Tinkham, apparently fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle veered to the left across oncoming traffic lanes and struck a utility pole on the opposite side of the roadway. After striking the pole, her vehicle continued down an embankment before coming to a stop.

Ms. Tinkham was checked at the scene for possible injuries by Sullivan County E.M.S; however, she declined transport to a hospital for further treatment. She could not provide proof of insurance on her vehicle. She was cited for 1) Failure to Exercise Due Care and 2) Failure to Comply with Financial Responsibility (No Insurance).

The broken utility pole and downed utility lines stretched across Wilcox Drive necessitating a complete road closure from Meadowview Parkway to Jared Drive. Appropriate detours have been implemented. AEP is currently estimating that the road closure will likely remain in effect until at least mid-afternoon today.

Motorists should make every possible effort to avoid this area and seek an alternate route. Anyone already in the immediate area is asked to slow down, pay attention, be patient, and follow all traffic instructions.

An update will be issued when normal traffic patterns resume.

As previously released:

On December 5, 2018 at approximately 4:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a crash with injury in the 1000 block of Wilcox Drive in Kingsport. As a result of this crash, a broken utility pole and downed utility lines are stretched across Wilcox Drive. Wilcox Drive is completely closed indefinitely in both directions from Meadowview Parkway to Jared Drive until the roadway can be cleared.

Detours are in the process of being put in place. Motorists, especially morning commuter traffic, should make every possible effort to avoid this area and seek an alternate route. Anyone already in the immediate area is asked to slow down, pay attention, be patient, and follow all traffic instructions. Specific details regarding the crash itself will not be available until later in the day today.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Toyota
Model Camry
Year 2001
Type 4-Door Sedan
Color Black
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Molly E. Tinkham
Age 28 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Wilcox Drive Completely Closed Due to Crash

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Wilcox Drive Completely Closed Due to Crash
DATE: December 5, 2018
CASE #: 18-032616
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On December 5, 2018 at approximately 4:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a crash with injury in the 1000 block of Wilcox Drive in Kingsport. As a result of this crash, a broken utility pole and downed utility lines are stretched across Wilcox Drive. Wilcox Drive is completely closed indefinitely in both directions from Meadowview Parkway to Jared Drive until the roadway can be cleared.

Detours are in the process of being put in place. Motorists, especially morning commuter traffic, should make every possible effort to avoid this area and seek an alternate route. Anyone already in the immediate area is asked to slow down, pay attention, be patient, and follow all traffic instructions. Specific details regarding the crash itself will not be available until later in the day today.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton