Kingsport man apologizes for wreck, hits other driver twice with car while fleeing

Rain Smith • Nov 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

A Kingsport man was arrested Tuesday after rear-ending a truck with his car, then striking the other motorist twice in the leg while attempting to drive away from the scene.

After each collision, the suspect reportedly exited his vehicle and apologized to the victim, then attempted to flee once again.

The initial wreck occurred at the intersection of Lynn Garden Drive and Virgil Avenue, around 12:30 p.m. A 1998 Ford Ranger driven by Christopher Raines, 49, of Kingsport, was attempting to make a left turn from Virgil Avenue onto Lynn Garden Drive.

While awaiting the traffic signal to turn green, a 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass rear-ended Raines' truck.

According to a Kingsport Police incident report, Raines exited his truck to speak with the driver of the Oldsmobile. That man, Joe A. Simpson, 45, of 1371 Ridgecrest Ave., reportedly also exited his vehicle, and profusely apologized for rear-ending Raines' truck.

But, according to police, Simpson then got back into his car and tried to leave the scene -- hitting Raines in the leg with his vehicle.

Police say Simpson again exited his vehicle and apologized to Raines for the second collision. He then jumped back into his car and again tried to leave, striking Raines a second time in the leg with his vehicle.

Following the third collision, Simpson did not apologize, but continued driving away. He was stopped a short time later on Morrison Avenue, charged with aggravated assault and arrested.

The police report says Raines drove to Holston Valley Medical Center to have his leg examined.

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