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Church Hill teen killed in Sunday night crash

February 13th, 2012 12:01 pm by Rain Smith

A 17-year-old Church Hill resident has been killed in a fiery Sunday night car crash.

An accident report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol says the single-vehicle wreck occurred shortly after 10 p.m. near 909 North Central Avenue, Church Hill, Tenn. Jackson W. Lawson, of Cold Comfort Road, was a passenger in a northbound 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

According to the report, the Eclipse left the roadway and struck a tree. Trooper Nathan Hall reports Lawson and the driver, also 17, were able to crawl from the vehicle, which was fully engulfed in fire when he arrived to the scene. Jackson was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center and pronounced dead.

Trooper Hall told the Times-News that the driver was also taken to Holston Valley Medical Center. Early Monday morning the boy was in critical condition, but was upgraded to stable by Monday afternoon. Both he and Lawson are believed to have been wearing seatbelts when the the wreck occurred.

The car was allegedly driving in excess of the posted 45 mph speed limit when if crossed the center line, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck the tree. The report says charges are pending in the crash.

A secretary at Volunteer High School reported Lawson and the driver are former students, with each now being home schooled.

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