KINGSPORT — A head-on Thursday morning collision on East Stone Drive killed a passenger in one vehicle, according to police, while the intoxicated driver of the other SUV ran from the scene and had to be chased down by officers.
The wreck occurred at about 6:40 a.m. near Stonebrook Place. According to preliminary investigation by the Kingsport Police Department, a 1996 black Chevrolet Blazer was eastbound and driven by Brian E. Johnson, 39, of 1610 Charles Street.
Meanwhile, a 1998 black Chevrolet Blazer was traveling westbound on East Stone Drive. Police report it was driven by Brandon O. Beavers, 30, with 30-year-old Tiffany L. Moore as his passenger.
For unknown reasons, Johnson's Blazer reportedly swerved to the left and into oncoming lanes, hitting Beavers’ SUV. Police report Moore, of Kingsport, was killed in the crash, while Beavers suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital.
Johnson also sustained serious injuries, but still ran from the scene and up nearby Arbutus Avenue. He was soon apprehended by patrol officers as he headed toward Bloomingdale.
As of Thursday night, Johnson remained hospitalized after undergoing emergency medical treatment. He is under police supervision and facing multiple charges: aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, DUI, driving on revoked, leaving the scene of a crash involving injury or death, possession of a stolen license plate and drug paraphernalia possession. He was also reportedly wanted on several outstanding warrants in other jurisdictions.
Immediately following the crash, westbound lanes of Stone Drive were temporarily closed. That was followed by lane changes that delayed traffic in both directions for an extended time. Ultimately, it took more than four hours for police to investigate the large crash scene and for all debris to be cleared.
An investigation is continuing.
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KINGSPORT — More than four hours after a heavy collision involving at least two vehicles closed westbound lanes along East Stone Drive, cleanup was completed and traffic resumed as normal.
The wreck occurred at approximately 6:40 a.m. near Stonebrook Place. At 11:15 a.m. Kingsport police reported that the roadway had completely reopened.
Specifics on what spurred the incident, potential injuries or possible charges has yet to be released. According to a KPD statement to the media, "Additional details will be released at the appropriate point in the investigation."
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KINGSPORT -- KPD officers are currently on the scene of a serious motor vehicle crash on East Stone Drive, which has shut down all westbound lanes.
At approximately 6:40 a.m., Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of the crash on East Stone Drive near the intersection of Stonebrook Place in Kingsport. Westbound lanes are completely shut down for the time being and will likely stay that way for a couple hours.
Eastbound lanes are currently flowing but will likely become congested due to heavy commuter traffic.
Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and plan an alternate route. Motorists already in the immediate area are encouraged to exercise caution and patience, obey all traffic instructions and drive with a heightened sense of situational awareness.
Additional information and traffic updates will be released as they become available.