KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Respond to Major East Stone Drive Motor Vehicle Collision (3rd UPDATE)

Kingsport Police Department

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Respond to Major East Stone Drive Motor Vehicle Collision (3rdUPDATE)
DATE: August 31, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
UPDATE: The Kingsport Police Department was notified today by the Knoxville Medical Examiner’s Office that the 12 year old boy who was critically injured in this crash has died. He succumbed to his injuries at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at approximately 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

His death makes this the second of three fatal crashes that have occurred on Kingsport’s roadways during the past week. The first fatality occurred on Monday, August 25 when a vehicle plunged into Fort Patrick Henry Lake, and the third fatality occurred on Friday, August 29 when an unrestrained driver was ejected during a crash at the intersection of Eastman Road and East Center Street.

Area residents are urged to take a moment to reflect on this fact prior to the next time they get behind the wheel. Operating a motor vehicle is a serious responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Motorists are encouraged to buckle-up, exercise patience, obey the speed limit and other traffic regulations, utilize good defensive driving strategies, avoid distractions, and abstain from substances that impair the ability to drive.

AS PREVIOUSLY RELEASED: On August 27, 2014 at approximately 1:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a major motor vehicle collision in the vicinity of the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center, located at 2626 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. Kingsport Police and other area first responders rushed to the scene. A subsequent investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit revealed the following:

A 2007 Kia Sedona minivan, driven by Tracey Y. Noe and occupied by two children, ages 10 and 12, had been traveling west on East Stone Drive and was stopped in the turn lane preparing to turn left into the shopping complex directly across East Stone Drive from the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center. For unknown reasons, a westbound 1995 Chevrolet Suburban full-size sport utility vehicle, driven by Catherine S. Arnold, apparently neither slowed nor stopped for the traffic ahead and struck the Kia in the rear.

The Kia was propelled forward diagonally across the intersection into the lanes that turn left from eastbound East Stone Drive into the Kingsport Pavilion/Target Shopping Center, where it side-swiped a 2011 Honda CRV compact sport utility vehicle, driven by Tammy S. Gilbert with passenger, Ricky C. Gilbert. The Kia careened off the Honda and came to rest after colliding head-on with a 2008 Lexus RX350 compact sport utility vehicle, driven by Peggy H. Rasnake.

Ms. Arnold, the driver of the Suburban, received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S.

All three occupants of the Kia, received significant injuries and were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. Ms. Noe and the 10 year old child received serious injuries and are currently both listed in stable condition. The 12 year old child received life-threatening injuries and is listed in critical condition. Both children have since been air-lifted to another medical facility.

All three occupants of the other two vehicles received possible injuries, but did not require medical treatment at this time. All occupants of all four vehicles involved in the crash appear to have been properly restrained by their seatbelts.

Several lanes of East Stone Drive were closed for approximately four hours but normal traffic flow resumed at approximately 5:45 PM.

The investigation into this crash is ongoing by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with possible charges pending. Investigators are asking for anyone who witnessed the crash who has not yet been interviewed to please contact them at 423-224-2750.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Chevrolet
Model Suburban
Year 1995
Type Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Catherine S. Arnold
Age 63 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Bristol, TN
Injuries Non-Life Threatening Injuries
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Kia
Model Sedona
Year 2007
Type Minivan
Color Light Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Tracey Y. Noe
Age 46 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries/Stable Condition
Passenger Name Not Released
Age 10 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Serious Injuries/Stable Condition
Passenger Name Not Released
Age 12 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Life-Threatening Injuries/Critical Condition
COLLISION VEHICLE #3 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model CRV
Year 2011
Type Compact Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Maroon
Damage Non-Disabling Damage
Driver Name Tammy S. Gilbert
Age 47 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
Passenger Name Ricky C. Gilbert
Age 54 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #4 INFORMATION
Make Lexus
Model RX350
Year 2008
Type Compact Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Beige
Damage Non-Disabling Damage
Driver Name Peggy H. Rasnake
Age 68 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Possible Injury
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit