KINGSPORT - Police say a Blountville man appears to be OK after he was hit by a load of bricks around 2 p.m. Tuesday on Stone Drive, and the juvenile driver who pulled out in front of him will be charged.
The bricks smashed through the back window of Felix D. Kimmel's pickup when he jammed on the brakes in an unsuccessful attempt to miss a BMW that pulled out in front of him, according to Kingsport Police Department Patrolman Dale Farmer.
The load of bricks was wrapped, strapped and secured very well, Farmer said, but the "sudden jolt" caused them to break loose.
Police determined the BMW's driver, a 16-year-old Kingsport girl, had attempted to make a left turn onto Cleek Road from the median crossover. She will be charged with failure to yield, Farmer said, because she pulled out even though she couldn't clearly see whether anything was coming. She was not injured in the crash.
Kimmel, 65, was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center with what emergency crews initially feared were critical injuries. According to Farmer, they were concerned that Kimmel might have been struck in the head by one of the dislodged bricks.
Farmer said he spoke to Kimmel in the hospital afterward and learned the bricks apparently hit him in the neck and back and missed his head. "It wasn't as bad as what we thought," Farmer said.
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, a Wellmont media spokesman said Kimmel was in fair condition.