The Tennessee Highway Patrol report, which was filed by Trooper Susan Masoner, stated that Brian S. Maxwell, 22, was not wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred. Masoner stated in the report that seat belts would have made a difference.
Shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday the Stanley Valley Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the accident, which occurred on Watterson Gap Road near the Byington Road intersection.
Firefighters were initially told by dispatchers that the vehicle was burning and the occupant was possibly pinned. Upon their arrival, however, they found that any possible fire had apparently burned itself out, and Maxwell was outside the car lying in the field, where a nearby resident was attempting CPR.
Firefighters attempted CPR until paramedics arrived. A rescue helicopter was called to the scene but was not used after paramedics were unable to revive Maxwell.
Masoner stated in her report that drug or alcohol use was not suspected, although a toxicology test was requested.
Maxwell was the only occupant of the vehicle.
According to the THP report, Maxwell was traveling south on Watterson Gap Road when he lost control and traveled off the right side of the roadway.
A firefighter who responded to the scene said it appeared Maxwell suffered massive head injuries.