Carters Valley Road crash victim dies from injuries

Rain Smith • Feb 19, 2010 at 12:00 AM

MOUNT CARMEL — One driver involved in Thursday’s head-on crash in Mount Carmel has died, while police say charges are pending their investigation of the incident.

According to Mount Carmel Police Department Lt. Kevin Ewing, Patricia Menzel, 49, of Oak Street in Surgoinsville, was the victim. Ewing said she was driving a Honda Civic on Carters Valley Road shortly before 8:30 p.m. when a Volkswagen Jetta traveling in the opposite direction crossed the center line and hit her head-on.

Ewing identified the driver of the Jetta as Carol Anne Starnes, 25, 712 Redwood Drive, Mount Carmel. She suffered cuts to her legs and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, where she was listed in good condition Friday morning.

The wreck occurred in front of a fire station located at 5740 Carters Valley Road. The Carters Valley Volunteer Fire Department was holding a meeting at the time, with members saying the collision jarred the building.

A firefighter and a police officer on the scene said it was one of the worst head-on collisions they’d ever seen.

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