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Update: Fall Branch man identified as victim of fatal Kingsport crash

April 15th, 2012 8:33 pm by Jeff Bobo

Update: Fall Branch man identified as victim of fatal Kingsport crash

Members of the Kingsport Police Department inspect the scene of a wreck on John B. Dennis Highway on Sunday. Photo by Jeff Bobo.

Update: 12:50 p.m.

Kingsport police have identified the man killed in Sunday's crash as Charles Murray, 61, of 261 Butchertown Road Fall Branch.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Melissa Kennedy, 39, of the same residence. She was transported from the crash to Holston Valley Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

An investigation is continuing with charges pending.


KINGSPORT — One person was killed and another seriously injured Sunday evening as a result of a single-vehicle rollover accident that occurred on John B. Dennis Highway just past Moreland Drive.

The accident occurred around 6 p.m. Sunday as a southbound 2001 Mazda pickup was attempting to pass a slower vehicle.

Kingsport Police Department accident reconstructionist Dale Farmer said the Mazda entered the median just past the Moreland Drive intersection, and traveled about 200 feet before making a hard right across the southbound lanes of traffic into a steep embankment.

The pickup rolled one time, and as it landed on its wheels the male passenger was ejected.

Farmer said the passenger wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

The male passenger was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center, where police say he died from his injuries.

The female driver, who was wearing a seat belt, had to be extricated from the vehicle and Farmer said she was transported to HVMC with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The names of the two weren’t being released Sunday evening pending notification of family.

Farmer said speed was definitely a factor in the accident.

During the early stages of the investigation the attorney general’s office was called to the scene due to the likelihood that it would become a fatality.

Farmer said charges are pending.

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