KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Charge Driver in Drug Related Fatal Crash

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660 • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Charge Driver in Drug Related Fatal Crash
DATE: August 17, 2015
CASE #: 15-017950
On August 17, 2015 at approximately 7:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Traffic Crash Investigators responded to the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash that had just occurred on Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A 2003 Chevrolet 3500 full-size pickup, driven by Chris S. Collins, was northbound in the 1700 block of Lynn Garden Drive. A 2003 Chevrolet Impala 4-door sedan, driven by Deanna F. Parrott, was southbound in the 1700 block of Lynn Garden Drive approaching the pickup.

According to witnesses, the pickup illegally veered from the northbound lanes into the southbound lanes and struck the Impala in a near head-on collision. Ms. Parrott was killed in the crash. Mr. Collins was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. for treatment of incapacitating injuries.

Both alcohol and drug use by Mr. Collins are suspected. Following medical treatment, he was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence (2nd offense), Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication, and Felony Reckless Endangerment. He was incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail where he will remain pending arraignment.

This crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit.

Make Chevrolet
Model 3500
Year 2003
Type Full-Size Pickup
Color Silver
Damage Disabling Damage


Name Chris S. Collins
Age Date of Birth 7/21/1982

33 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 248 Payne Ridge Road

Church Hill, TN 37642

Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
Charges 1) Driving Under the Influence (2nd offense)

2) Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication

3) Felony Reckless Endangerment

Make Chevrolet
Model Impala
Year 2003
Type 4-Door Sedan
Color Silver
Damage Disabling Damage


Name Deanna F. Parrott
Age 71 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal Injuries
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit