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Kingsport man killed in head on collision

STAFF REPORT • May 23, 2018 at 9:39 PM

MOUNT CARMEL - A Kingsport man died Monday from injuries sustained in a head on collision that occurred shortly after midnight on Carters Valley Road near Mount Carmel.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Austin C. Jones, 22, of Kingsport was driving a 2005 Volkswagon east on Carters Valley Road around 12:04 a.m. when he apparently crossed the center line near the Old Hickory Drive intersection.

The Volkswagon then reportedly hit a westbound 2002 Jeep SUV head on.

Jones wasn't wearing a seatbelt and later succumbed to his injuries. THP Trooper Andrew Coppinger stated in his report that a seatbelt could have made a difference.

The driver of the Jeep, Charity F. Derrick, 21, of Kingsport suffered non-life threatening injuries. Derrick was, wearing a a seatbelt.

Derrick was also cited for no insurance and no registration.

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