Hiltons man charged in Kingsport crash that killed teen driver

Rain Smith • Feb 13, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the suspect as Jeffrey Wayne Patrick. His first name is Jerry.

KINGSPORT — A Southwest Virginia man has been arrested for allegedly triggering a November crash that killed a teen in Kingsport.Jerry Wayne Patrick, 61, of 168 Weeping Willow Drive, Hiltons, Va., is charged with criminally negligent homicide, performing an illegal U-turn and failure to exercise due care. He turned himself in at the Kingsport Police Department on Wednesday afternoon following recent indictments by a Sullivan County grand jury. The crash occurred at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Nov. 30 along Lynn Garden Drive. The victim was a 17-year-old Church Hill teen who has not been named publicly by police, due to his juvenile status. The boy was reportedly driving a 1989 GMC Jimmy northbound, as was Patrick, who had pulled his 1991 Chevrolet S-10 onto the right shoulder of the road near Echo Avenue.Patrick allegedly made an illegal U-turn just as the GMC passed, striking it on the passenger side.The impact reportedly sent the GMC into a clockwise spin across the center lane of Lynn Garden and into the oncoming lanes of traffic.At that point, the victim's vehicle was struck by a southbound 2009 Pontiac G6. The driver, Elesha H. Byrd, 24, of Church Hill, received serious injuries in the collision and was hospitalized several days.The juvenile driver was also transported by EMS to HVMC, where he died four days later as a result of his injuries. KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton previously stated that crash investigators knew a third vehicle, referring to Patrick's pickup, had been involved in the crash. But there were allegedly attempts to mislead police into believing it was involved in a separate, unrelated collision. The investigation has remained open since that time, culminating in Patrick's indictment and arrest. As of Wednesday afternoon, Patrick remained held in the Kingsport city jail on a $3,000 bond.

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